By Rick Sallinger

LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS4)– It was along busy Windemere Street near Belleview Avenue in Littleton where Katie Bartlett had left her car Thursday morning. The dark green 2000 Nissan Xterra was there… and then gone.

Katie Barrett

(credit: Katie Barrett )

The SUV has a CU Buffs sticker on the on the back and hail damage on the hood. After starting the vehicle, Bartlett then went back inside to get her contact lenses.

“I was in the house a minute-and-a-half. I looked out my son’s window and my car was gone,” she said.

To the thieves, a “puffer,” a running car with no one inside, was an easy target.

Katie Bartlett puffer car

Katie Bartlett (credit: CBS)

CBS4’s Rick Sallinger asked, “Can you afford a new car?”

Bartlett replied, “No, I’m a single mom with six kids, four at home now.”

She had thought she might have been able to handle Christmas for her family, but not now.

And while holding back tears she explained this was more than just a car, “It is transportation for me to provide for my family.”

Katie Bartlett puffer car

Katie Bartlett (credit: CBS)

Anyone with information is being asked to call Littleton police.

Rick Sallinger


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