Vehicle stolen this morning while idling unattended

Sgt. Lydia Taylor, 481.8565

Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9 a.m.

Incident #:14-46188

Vehicle stolen this morning while idling unattended. Associate of vehicle owner pursues vehicle theft suspect; suspect crashes stolen vehicle and initially flees on foot and leaves the scene in another stolen vehicle. SPD officers have identified suspect and are working to locate him.

This morning, 2-13-14 at approximately 7:30 am, Spokane Police responded to a report of a vehicle theft in the area of Fiske/Indiana. The son of the victim called stating his mother’s vehicle had been warming up, unoccupied and was stolen. The car theft victim’s son armed himself and pursued the stolen vehicle. The driver of the stolen vehicle crashed into a tree at Regal/Upriver Drive. The suspect fled the scene on foot.

Witnesses observed the suspect in a nearby apartment complex getting into a black Ford Probe. The vehicle had been reported stolen yesterday, 2-12-14 at around 9:30 pm. The suspect fled the area in the second stolen vehicle. Officers later located the second vehicle, unoccupied around 400 E. Montgomery. Spokane Police processed the vehicle for fingerprints. Officers have identified a possible suspect, and are working to locate him. The suspect is described as a white male, 19-20 years old, dirty brown curly hair and wearing jeans, a tan jacket, and a backpack. Spokane Police will continue to follow up on the incident.

Spokane Police would like to remind citizens not to leave vehicles unoccupied while running. Warming up a vehicle and leaving it unoccupied while running creates an opportunity for thieves and can put citizens in unnecessary danger. Additionally, idling is illegal in Spokane and can result in a $124 fine.

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