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Stolen car found crashed into building

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A series of three auto thefts over the weekend ended with two of the vehicles recovered in odd locations.

A 32-year-old man reported that his 2005 Acura was stolen on the 100 block of Tyson Avenue at about 1 a.m. Sunday. Cpl. Mike Lewis of the Rocky Mount Police Department said the victim reported that he had left his car running briefly while he ran inside to get an item and returned to find the car missing.

Rocky Mount police recovered the vehicle later that same day on the 2400 block of West Raleigh Boulevard, where it was firmly lodged in the side of the Sundrop plant. Lewis said the driver of the stolen vehicle had apparently crashed the car into the building while fleeing the scene, causing extensive damage to the structure and now likely faces charges for both the motor vehicle theft and the hit-and-run when he or she is apprehended. 

A few minutes later,  a 2017 Hyundai Elantra was reported stolen  about 1:09 a.m. Sunday from the 3700 block of Sunset Avenue. The owner of the vehicle, a 44-year-old woman, reported that she was delivering pizzas at an apartment on Sunset Avenue and left her car running while making the delivery. She returned to find the car stolen.

The car was later recovered that same day behind a vacant house on the 800 block of Dahlgren Avenue.

A day earlier, about 9 a.m. on Saturday, a 36-year-old man reported that his 2001 black Jeep Cherokee was stolen from his home on the 2100 block of Tom’s Trail. Cpl. Mike Lewis said the victim reported that he had parked his car in front of his residence about 1 a.m. and woke the next morning to find it missing.

The vehicle in this case has not yet been recovered. When last seen, it had a North Carolina license tag number 23285338.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of this vehicle or the commission of these crimes is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or crimestoppers@rockymountnc.gov. Text a tip to police at 274637 by beginning messages with RMPOL to direct the tip to the Rocky Mount Police Department and type up to 155 characters about the information.

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