AURORA, Colo. — An Aurora small business owner is the latest victim of car theft as Colorado contends with the unwanted recognition of being the worst state in the country for this type of crime.
Colorado has been dubbed the car theft capital of the country, with more than 40,000 cars stolen last year alone. That marks a 10% increase from 2021 and most of the cars were stolen in the Denver metro area.
Those with the Aurora Police Department said they had a problem in the early 2000s with Ford F-250 and F-350 thefts, but those have taken a backseat to Hyundai and Kia thefts.
Still, the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA) reports there were 1,159 F-250s stolen across Colorado in 2022, making it the 11th most stolen vehicle. There were 672 F-350’s reported stolen last year as well.
Those with CATPA said certain years of the Hyundai Tuscan and Kia Sportage almost overtook the most stolen car in…