Police: Man steals car, drives through businesses

GREELEY, Colo. - A man stole a car and went on a joy ride driving through several Greeley businesses overnight, police said.

Greeley police said the 19-year-old tried to break into a dozen cars near the Sears at the Greeley mall.

Eventually the man was able to force his way into a Mitsubishi Eclipse, said Sgt. Joe Tymkowych of the Greeley Police Department.

Police say the man used the Eclipse as a ram rod driving through the entrance of Sears where he then stole some merchandise.

Then he drove the car back out the store and into the entrance of Bittersweet Liquors, Tymkowych said.

He backed out of the liquor store and then drove into the lobby of a US Bank, where police said he drove in one side and back out the other, causing at least $40,000 in damage.

Officers followed Sandoval's alleged trail of destruction from one business to another.  Each time they arrived at a scene, police would get a call about another.  Finally police got a tip about a damaged Eclipse at 35th Avenue that was speeding, Tymkowych said. 

When police started searching, they found an Eclipse that had struck a telephone poll and had crashed into a ditch.

Police said the driver had several injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.  He faces a variety of charges, police said.

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