The recent vehicle-related crime was not limited to burglaries. Police report a man stole a truck just before 3 p.m. around the 1100 block of SE 17th Street on Aug. 31. According to MWPD, the call was just about to be dispatched when an officer driving south on South Oak Avenue saw the stolen 1991 Chevrolet Silverado pickup speed in front of him on SW 15th St. A pursuit followed. Police said the officer chased the truck down the length of 15th to a dead end. At that time, a shirtless man dove from the moving truck, which crashed into a fence. The subject escaped on foot into grass – which was several feet high – in the field adjacent to the crash. The suspect remains at large, carrying offenses of evading arrest and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
“We just need to be more vigilant in locking our cars, taking our keys and hiding our stuff,” Sullivan said of the incidents. “If at all possible, take your valuables inside with you. Some of the tools were stolen without any forced entry; you wouldn’t think it could happen here, but it does. People will steal from you.”
Sullivan’s words ring true. After all, Gary Numan sang in 1979 that in his car, he felt safest of all... he could lock all his doors. “It’s the only way to live, in cars.”
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