Dude, that’s my car!
October 3, 2006
Sarah Ogrin was surprised to leave work at the Maroon Creek Club on Wednesday just in time to see her car leaving the parking lot … without her.Ogrin’s light blue ’86 Subaru wagon had been missing since then.She called the police, who misheard Ogrin and first went to the Snowmass Club instead of the Maroon Creek Club. When the police arrived, she rode around the area looking for the vehicle. She did not see the driver, just the taillights of her vehicle leaving the lot.Ogrin read a recent Aspen Times article about the recent rash of car thefts. Most of the 20 cars that have gone missing since July were left unlocked with the keys in the vehicle or in a “hide-a-key” box on the outside, and many of the cars were driven for a short time and abandoned.”I don’t think they’re looking looking for these stolen cars,” Ogrin said of local police, so she decided to take the matters in her own hands.Ogrin said her car “couldn’t possibly make it over the pass,” so she and her boyfriend focused their search downvalley. They found the car Monday on a side street in Carbondale.Apart from a cigarette burn in the seat and lots of crumpled-up tinfoil scattered about – which might indicate some drug activity – the car was in fine shape. Police said they were surprised of her find – and even more surprised she had gone out looking.Ogrin said it was encouraging news for the others who lost cars: “I’d say take the initiative and go out and look for it, because it could be sitting in a parking lot somewhere.”