Thieves took a van with the keys inside about 4 p.m. Monday, but later left the vehicle a few blocks away, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry.
A 54-year-old Portales man had parked the 1995 Dodge van in front of a business on South Avenue A and left the keys inside when he entered the business. Berry said the man was rushing to get into the business.
“More than likely somebody just went by and saw the keys inside and took it for a ride,” Berry said.
The van was recovered in the 700 block of South Avenue C later that day. Berry said it didn’t appear to be damaged.
“There are some suspects that have been identified,” he said.
Police are following up on those leads. Berry said the incident could bring the felony charge of motor vehicle theft.