Woman claims church youth group funds stolen from vehicle | PostIndependent.com

Woman claims church youth group funds stolen from vehicle

CARBONDALE, Colorado – A local resident is urging people to take precautions when leaving vehicles for servicing, after she claims $750 raised by her church youth group was stolen from her mother’s car while it was in for an oil change.

The incident occurred on Christmas Eve when an envelope containing the cash was left on the console of the car as it was dropped off, according to the woman, who asked that their names not be used.

“In the holiday frenzy, [my mother] forgot to take the money out of the car before leaving it early in the morning to get an oil change,” she said in an e-mail sent to the Post Independent. “When she returned, the envelope containing the money was not in the car.”

Carbondale Police Sgt. Greg Knott said the incident was investigated, and the owner and employees of the business interviewed. However, it’s unlikely the theft actually took place at the business itself, he said.

“They have video surveillance, so for them to take the money would be a pretty brazen move,” Knott said.

Instead, what may have happened is that vehicles that are ready for their owners to pick them up are left unlocked in a parking lot across the street.

“There were a lot of people in and out of that lot and just walking by, so it’s likely that’s where it happened,” said Knott, who added there are no suspects in the case.

He also said no other similar incidences were reported around that time.

“I think it’s pretty rare,” he said. “It sounds like an opportunity crime.”

In any case, both Knott and the victim in this case said it’s always a good idea when taking a vehicle in to have it serviced to remove any loose valuables, and particularly money.

“To make matters worse, the money that was stolen was money that my church youth group had raised,” the woman said in her e-mail. “Now that money has to be repaid out of my pocket.”


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