Two more unlocked cars stolen

Published 10:40 am Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The pattern continues with vehicle thefts in Austin.

The Austin Police Department took two more reports of stolen vehicles on Tuesday morning, both of which were unlocked with the keys in them.

According to the police reports, An owner reported a missing, gray Jeep Grand Cherokee from the 500 block of 11th Avenue Northwest shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday. An officer later found the vehicle in the 1200 block of Sixth Street Northwest at about 9:30 a.m. While the car wasn’t damaged, it was missing the keys, a garage door opener, cooler, three cartons of cigarettes and a Garmin GPS with dash mount.

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The second vehicle owner at about 8 a.m. reported a stolen white 1994 Buick Century from the 600 block of Fifth Avenue Northwest. The same officer found the vehicle on Tuesday, undamaged, in the 1000 block of Fifth Street Northwest. According to the report, no items were missing from that car. The report added nearby residents saw four black males take the first car and two black males take the second car. However, police have not identified any specific suspects at this time.

Police Chief Brian Krueger urges residents to lock their cars.

“It makes it way too easy for people to take them,” he said about unlocked vehicles.

Fleeing driver could face felony

After spotting a driver with a revoked license, an Austin police officer arrested a man, but only after trying to initiate a traffic stop and later watching the man flee on foot.

According to the police report, police arrested the Austin man at about 8:15 p.m. Monday after seeing him driving on Seventh Street Northwest. The officer, who reportedly knew the suspect, tried to stop the man by turning on his emergency lights. However, the suspect would not stop and kept driving after the officer turned on his siren, as well.

The suspect then reportedly fled foot in the 600 block of Second Avenue Northwest and was later caught on First Avenue Northwest. He may be charged with fleeing an officer in a vehicle, a felony, along with lesser charges for driving after revocation, no proof of insurance, failure to stop at a stop sign and fleeing on foot.