The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 1, 2008

Stolen car found before theft reported

A jeep was stolen in Concord and abandoned in Carlisle early July 17 morning. Carlisle Police identified the vehicle and contacted the owner before Concord Police had been contacted about the loss.

Carlisle residents find the car

Carlisle residents Ted Heinrich and his wife Krista were awakened by the sound of running footsteps outside their Laurelwood Drive house. They looked out the window and saw two persons walking up the street to the end of the cul-de-sac and then walking back down the street and again up the street towards the woods where Heinrich saw lights. After about 10 minutes the persons left, walking away with a “loud, kllumping noise” according to Heinrich, who then called police. It was then 3:42 a.m. The police came and searched the yard and went into the woods but found no one.

Shortly after nine that morning Heinrich called police a second time to report an abandoned jeep at the end of their drive. Patrol came out a second time and found the abandoned jeep with the ignition key in it. He ran the plate number which showed the car was registered to a Concord resident. Patrol attempted to contact the car owner and was told by the baby sitter that the owner was not at home to receive the call because he was out looking for his stolen car.

Everything worked out in the end. The Concord owners got their jeep back, complete with the key in it; the Carlisle police scored a “find”; the homeowners got to sleep in peace with the satisfaction of having shepherded the situation to a successful conclusion. As for the Concord Police, that department does not consider the jeep a stolen vehicle. Since no theft was ever reported to them, they consider that there was never a problem in the first place. ∆

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