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Woman finds her stolen car in Vail Daily lot

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyAvon Police Officer Phillip Florio blows off powder while looking for fingerprints on a Ford Expedition that was reported stolen about three days ago.
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EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” A woman whose damaged sport utility vehicle was stolen Saturday found it in the Vail Daily parking lot Tuesday around noon, Avon police said.

Maria Yunez-Ruiz, 37, was looking for work at temporary work agency, SOS Staffing Services in Eagle-Vail, when she saw her unlocked car with her key inside, Avon police said.

She had reported her two sets of keys and car stolen from Sunridge Condominiums in Avon four days ago.

“She was going to SOS and I’ll be darned, there her car was,” Avon police Sgt. Jonathan Lovins said.

The Ford Expedition had scratches and dents from the rear to the driver’s side door and people told police the car may been there a couple days, Lovins said.

Yunez-Ruiz reported the vehicle was not damaged when it was stolen, he said.

Police dusted the for fingerprints, which they will send to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to see if there’s a match, Lovins said. Police have no suspects.

A friend drove Yunez-Ruiz to SOS, but Yunez-Ruiz drove her vehicle away.

A “fair amount” of cars stolen in Avon are found abandoned in the Denver metro area and are returned to their owners, Avon police spokeswoman Krista Jaramillo said.

But people have found their own cars in the Vail Valley before, Jaramillo said.

Police rarely find suspects driving stolen cars, she said.

“It’s very very seldom that we’re fortunate enough that somebody’s with the car,” she said.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.


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