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Stolen SUV recovered, but handgun missing
BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR
Fredericksburg police say an officer recovered a stolen vehicle early Wednesday before the owners even knew that it had been taken.
City Police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said Officer Mike Buckley was on Fall Hill Avenue near Carl D. Silver Parkway about 4 a.m. today when he was a Volvo SUV speeding out of Riverside Manor with its lights off.
Buckley turned around and followed the vehicle into Central Park, where he saw it go behind the Bonefish Grill restaurant.
By the time the officer got to the vehicle, the driver’s door was wide open and the driver was gone. Officers and a police dog searched the area for the driver but never found anyone.
The owners of the vehicle, who live on Brandon Drive near Mary Washington Hospital, were sleeping when a city dispatcher called about their vehicle.
They told police that the vehicle was in their driveway when they went to bed and was supposed to still be there.
Bledsoe said a handgun that had been in the vehicle was missing. Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call city police at 540/373-3122.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404