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Man charged with stealing car, trying to use ATM

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A vehicle reported stolen in Fredericksburg on Tuesday was recovered early the next day while someone was trying to use an ATM card that had been stolen from another vehicle, police said.

A red Isuzu Trooper was taken from the 900 block of Caroline Street, city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said. Officer Chris Perdue was in Central Park about 2 a.m. Wednesday when he saw the vehicle parked at the Capital One ATM.

Both vehicle occupants were detained for questioning and when Perdue started to put handcuffs on the driver, he took off running across Carl D. Silver Parkway with Perdue in pursuit on foot.

The officer caught the suspect behind the Krispy Kreme building and took him into custody without further incident. Credit cards and other items found in the stolen vehicle linked the suspect to vehicle break-ins that had occurred at Mary Washington Hospital earlier in the evening.

Jesse Shepherd, 26, of Ruther Glen was charged with two counts of grand larceny, four counts of possessing stolen credit cards, attempted credit card fraud, destruction of property and resisting arrest. He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

The passenger was released without charges. The vehicle was undamaged and returned to its owner.

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