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Unplowed city street stops car thief from getting away

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This week’s heavy snow proved too formidable an adversary for at least one would-be area criminal, police said.

The snow thwarted the theft of a car that was taken from the 400 block of Deerwood Drive late Wednesday or early Thursday, city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said.

The victim had parked the car on the street in Morningside subdivision instead of in his driveway late Wednesday in hopes of making his efforts to get to work Thursday morning easier.

The man came out at 3 a.m. Thursday and the car was gone. But it hadn’t gone far. Police found the 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis a few blocks away in the same subdivision off Lafayette Boulevard—stuck in the snow angled across the road, which had not been plowed.

Bledsoe said officers and a police dog followed footsteps leading from the abandoned vehicle, but the tracks eventually ended and the dog lost the scent in the six to 12 inches of snow.

Bledsoe said the key was not in the car, but the car was unlocked and is able to be started without the key being in the ignition.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call city police at 540/ 373-3122.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

 

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