By Will Bublitz
Published in the November 1, 2012 edition of the Limon Leader
A car theft and an alleged attempt to abduct a child were the subjects of multiple rumors in Limon last week.
According to the Limon Police Department, a car was stolen from in front of a residence on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The keys were left in the vehicle.
“The car was recovered in Pueblo by the Pueblo Police Department on Thursday, Oct. 25,” Sgt.
Russell Lengel of the Limon Police Department said. “We have identified a suspect in the theft and are currently completing a follow-up investigation. At present, we are waiting on the completion of one more interview. Once it is completed, an arrest warrant will be forthcoming.”
The alleged child abduction occurred about 6 p.m. last Friday, Oct. 26 in a residential area of Limon.
“A young child, who was outside playing, ran inside screaming to his mother,” Lengel said. “The child said a van had stopped and a man inside had asked him if he wanted a new place to live. That scared the child and he ran inside. No physical contact was made with the child.”
Lengel said the mother immediately called the Limon Police who responded to the scene. Because the young child was apparently the only witness to the incident, an exact description of the vehicle could not be determined except that it was a gray van with tinted windows and a single rear door.
“We immediately sent out a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) to the State Patrol and the Sheriff’s departments of surrounding counties,” Lengel said. “Our officers also worked the residential area and other areas of the town, but we found nothing. There is no further information at this time on the incident.”
Friday’s incident fueled rumors of multiple attempts at child abductions which were posted on Facebook. Lengel said all of those rumors were false.
Fueled by those rumors, an overreaction to an incident on Sunday, Oct. 28 had Limon Police officers investigating a second alleged child abduction.
“The incident was reported at 7:20 p.m. Sunday,” Lengel said. “A child was walking to the town’s fishing pond and was approached by a local man who allegedly asked the child to get into his car. The kid took off and reported the incident.”
Lengel said the Limon Police immediately investigated, but concluded that it was not an attempted child abduction.
“Our officers were able to identify the party involved in this incident,” he said. “The man, a Limon resident, was contacted and he admitted talking to the child about fishing. It was apparently more of a situation of miscommunication than anything else. It definitely wasn’t an attempt to abduct the child.”