Democrat Denver Mayor Mike Johnston’s car was stolen on Tuesday, just before Joe Biden arrived in the blue city.
Denver has been plagued with crime and rising auto thefts in recent years.
Biden landed in Denver Tuesday afternoon for a campaign event and was greeted by Johnston at Air Force One.
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A spokesperson for Johnston’s office confirmed that his car was stolen but declined to offer additional details about what had happened — or where.
“The spokesperson declined to share more details about where it happened or what the vehicle looks like ‘to protect the safety of Mayor Johnston and his family.’ So it’s unclear whether the theft happened in Denver or elsewhere,” Fox31 reports.
According to the report, “Colorado’s auto theft rate climbed by the fastest rate in the nation from 2011 to 2020, jumping 144% during those years.”
“In Denver, the picture is no better, where rising auto theft makes up a large chunk of overall crime. That includes thefts at Denver International Airport, where police saw more theft than ever this year.”
Johnston himself had campaigned on addressing the issue of car theft.
Denverite reported in February:
Johnston wants to expand the use of surveillance technology on the roads to give cops the tools to reduce crime — license plate readers, halo cameras, and Shot Spotter — things Denver officers already employ far more than other cities.
And Johnston would push to change state law to make car theft a felony again, the legislature made certain auto theft crimes a misdemeanor. Gov. Jared Polis and state lawmakers are currently working on that this session.