Car thieves nabbed after ride through Salt Lake

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Two men who tried to steal a sports car Friday night in Salt Lake did not get far.

The real owner of the 1984 Corvette left his keys on his car. He heard the engine start up, ran outside and watched it speed away.

The man called police, and, luckily for him, authorities had a helicopter in the air that followed the stolen car to an apartment complex near 800 West and 3900 South in South Salt Lake.

Once there, several agencies surrounded the thieves. It all happened quickly. "It was less than an hour that I got it back. They called me about 20 minutes after the cops showed up and said they found it. So yeah, really amazing," the car's owner, Darren Brinkley, said.

Police say the man driving, Carlos Ortiz, had tried to ditch the stolen car and escape in another. That made his friends part of the investigation.

The car's owner says he'll never leave his keys in the car again.

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