Colorado Man Repeatedly Caught Trying to Steal Cars Tells Police 'I Really Suck At This'

A Colorado man who authorities say was caught trying to steal multiple cars in recent weeks admitted to deputies that he "sucks" at stealing cars.

Todd Sheldon, 36, was caught by a homeowner trying to break into a car in south Jefferson County earlier this month, CBS Denver reported.

The homeowner alerted the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, but Sheldon had escaped before deputies arrived on the scene, the sheriff's office wrote in a post on Facebook.

"The homeowner then called us, but the man escaped before we arrived," the sheriff's office said. "Don't worry we found him... just down the street... trying to break into another vehicle."

When deputies approached Sheldon, they saw him "actively" trying to break into a truck.

The sheriff's office said Sheldon even admitted to deputies what he was trying to do. "I can't. I'm trying to break into this truck," he allegedly told a deputy.

Sheldon was taken into custody, booked into jail and later bonded out. "Unfortunately the story doesn't end there," the sheriff's office added.

Last week, deputies responded to a report of a man breaking into a car. When they arrived at the scene, they found the suspect was Sheldon, again trying to break into a vehicle.

This time, Sheldon admitted that perhaps he wasn't particularly good at stealing vehicles. "I really suck at this," he told a deputy, the sheriff's office said.

"They say perseverance is a good thing, but that's not always true," the sheriff's office quipped.

"We share this story in part because of its uniqueness, but also to remind folks to lock their cars and call us to report suspicious activity."

The Facebook post from the sheriff's office attracted hundreds of reactions, with members of the community marveling at the story.

"Stupid is as stupid does," Mark Fisher commented. "He is trying too hard to be a car thief," Stacey Hoffman added.

The sheriff's office added Sheldon is currently in jail and they're "hoping he takes advantage of the counseling and educational opportunities we offer to help him in his future endeavors."

Online records show Sheldon remains in custody on a $25,000 bond. He is facing numerous charges, including aggravated motor vehicle theft, criminal trespass, burglary, menacing deadly weapon displayed and criminal mischief.

He is due to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on the burglary charge on January 24, 2020.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has been contacted for comment.

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Stock photo. A Colorado man caught repeatedly trying to steal cars allegedly told authorities: "I really suck at this." Getty