Car theft shakes up New Castle family |

Car theft shakes up New Castle family

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

NEW CASTLE, Colorado ” It took a long time for Vanessa Lane’s family to afford a second car. Unfortunately, someone sped off with the first one just two weeks after they got the second.

The car was stolen from their place at the Apple Tree Mobile Home Park sometime late Sunday night or early Monday morning. Now, anytime Lane’s dog barks at night she and her three sons, 4, 14 and 16, are up looking out the windows, Lane said.

“This was a really big blow to us,” she said. “It took us over a year to become a two-car family. I’ve never had anything like this happen to me, and I just don’t think that this really is what happens around Glenwood and New Castle.”

Her husband, who works nights at Village Inn, went outside around 3:30 a.m. Monday to smoke a cigarette and noticed that a child’s seat in the gray 1988 Honda Civic’s front passenger seat had been thrown into the driveway. The car was gone.

Lane said they’ve lived there for more than 21⁄2 years and always felt safe in the areas around Glenwood Springs and New Castle. In fact, that was part of the reason they chose to live here. But after the theft Lane said she hasn’t been getting much sleep.

“(The dog) starts barking and I jump up looking,” she said. “My boys are looking out the window ” we didn’t live like that before.”

Lane said she called the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, and a deputy was optimistic the car would be found. The deputy reportedly said there were a number of other break-ins to vehicles that night at the mobile home park. Apparently things like cash or digital music players were stolen, but Lane’s car was the only one actually missing.

Requests for more information about the call from the Sheriff’s Office were unsuccessful Thursday.

Lane and her husband didn’t have a comprehensive insurance policy on the car to cover theft. She’s glad the thieves didn’t take the newer 1994 Toyota Camry she and her husband just bought. She figures whoever it was took the older car because the keys were left under the seat.

“That makes me feel so stupid,” she said. “You start thinking of things that you could have done to prevent this.”

They kept the keys there because she and her husband were used to trading the car back-and-forth; she works days and her husband works nights. But they thought this was a safe place where everything doesn’t have to be locked up. They thought it wasn’t a problem.

The crime seemed especially brazen ” or stupid since the car was parked right outside Lane’s bedroom window. The thieves could have easily been spotted had things happened a little differently.

Lane said no one in the neighborhood saw anything that night and there are virtually no real leads for authorities to follow. But she hopes suspects will be linked to the crime after the vehicle turns up somewhere. Or maybe someone will see the vehicle and report it to the police.

Lane said it’s a gray 1988 Honda Civic with a partially “crinkled” hood. Due to her sons, it has two stickers of hip-hop girls on the back of the car. The license plate is “956-DXN.”

Lane believes at least two people stole the car because someone took the child’s seat out of the car’s passenger seat apparently so they could sit there.

Motor vehicle thefts aren’t unheard of in the county. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office had 38 reports of motor vehicle thefts in 2007. Glenwood Springs police had 26 reports and New Castle police had 3 motor vehicle theft calls last year, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. People reported about 16,353 motor vehicle thefts in Colorado last year.

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User