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Denver woman has car stolen, returned, then vandalized all within a few of weeks

DPD has recorded at least 400 car thefts this month
Posted: 8:55 AM, Jan 24, 2022
Updated: 2022-02-10 17:45:48-05
Car stolen from apartment complex

DENVER — For the last year, Cara Shirley has called Broadstone on 9th home.

“I do really like living here. I've never really had any issues with anything until this last month,” Shirley said.

Last month, she fell victim to something many car owners in Denver have endured.

“On Dec. 27, my car was stolen," Shirley said. "About a month later, when I finally got it back, it was vandalized again."

Shirley had parked her car inside her apartment complex’s garage when it was stolen. She said she immediately reported it to management.

“They kind of just told me, 'This is Denver, this happens here,'" Shirley said. Obviously, I was a little frustrated."

She received a similar response from the Denver and Aurora police departments, which were the departments involved in her case.

“Aurora police told me that they don't usually investigate these matters because they're usually too hard to solve,” Shirley said.

After weeks of having her car in the shop to fix the door lock, handle and ignition, she also invested in other ways to keep her car safe.

“After the first one, I started putting a club on my steering wheel,” Shirley said.

Even with all of the effort, it didn't stop her car from being broken into again.

“I'd taken every single thing out of that car. There wasn't even a penny left inside of there. So, why they broke into it? I have no idea,” Shirley.

The Denver Police Department has recorded at least 400 car thefts so far in January.

In a statement, Broadstone on 9th says, in part:

“Car thefts in our complex also reflect the thefts in Denver as a whole with thieves targeting Kia and Hyundai specifically. This manufacturer does not install ignition immobilizer. We have had some cars stolen multiple times and given camera footage to the police.”

For Shirley, it’s a citywide issue, leaving her and others feeling helpless.

“It just doesn't make sense that a person that works hard and owns their car should have to live in so much fear all the time,” Shirley said.

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