The Hayden Police Department is investigating an incident involving a car stolen from the Hayden Mercantile on Wednesday.
At about 7:15 p.m., a woman reported her black, 1998 Mercury Mountaineer had been stolen from the store's parking lot. She told police she was in the store for 10 to 15 minutes and had left the keys in the ignition, Hayden police Officer Ed Corriveau said.
The woman, who also left her wallet in the car, discovered later in the day that an undisclosed amount of money had been withdrawn from her bank account with her ATM card.
The transaction reportedly occurred in Aurora, and police are waiting for surveillance photos from that location, Corriveau said.
There were no known witnesses to the car theft, but the woman reported seeing a suspicious man riding a bicycle near the mercantile parking lot and "scoping out" vehicles. She described the man as white with brown hair, a medium build, wearing a green jacket and carrying a dark colored backpack.
On Thursday, an employee of the mercantile reported her purse had been stolen from her car in the store's parking lot on Wednesday. Police suspect the same person committed both thefts.
The stolen vehicle has a Colorado license plate, 921-LRD. The car has gray running boards and trim and a white butterfly sticker on the back window.
The incidents are an unfortunate reminder about the importance of locking vehicles, Corriveau said.
"If you choose not to, don't leave your keys in the vehicle or any valuables in plain view," he said.
Anyone who has seen a person matching the man's description, or has information about the whereabouts of the vehicle, are asked to call Hayden police at 276-3232 or 879-1090.
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