A receipt from a Clifton restaurant turned out to be a clue in a car theft being investigated by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.

The car, a 1988 Buick Le Sabre, was stolen from the West Park-n-Ride at 3235 I-70B Frontage Road in Clifton either May 14 or May 15.

The stolen vehicle was later recovered on the side of the road at the Colorado-Kansas state line.


Inside the car was a receipt from the Clifton Taco Bell. The Sheriff's Office used information on that receipt to determine the date and time of the purchase, then matched that with the restaurant security footage.

The security footage shows a man with a goatee, wearing a hat, glasses, white shirt and jacket who is believed to be the person who stole the



Authorities know what this man likes to eat, but not his identity. They also don't know why the suspect abandoned the car on the state line.

In an effort to learn more about the Taco Bell eating thief, the Sheriff's Office is asking for help in identifying him and additional details about the time between the theft, food purchase and recovery of the vehicle.

If you have information that might help, call the Mesa County Sheriff's Office at 970-242-6707 or make an anonymous report to Crime Stoppers of Mesa County 970-241-7867.

If the information leads to an arrest, Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 cash as a reward for helping solve this case. Anonymous information can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website or by using the free P3 Tips app.