Stolen vehicle recovered after police chase

Published 10:23 am Friday, July 23, 2021

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The Austin Police Department is looking for information that could lead to the arrest of three suspects who allegedly stole a vehicle from an Austin dealership on Thursday.

A vehicle drives down a street in southwest Austin late Thursday afternoon as a Mower County Sheriff’s squad sits in the distance, part of a perimeter that was set up to search for suspects in the case of a stolen vehicle. Eric Johnson/

According to Austin Police Chief David McKichan, police took a broken window report at about 6:30 a.m. on Thursday from the Austin Ford dealership on West Oakland Avenue. At the time of the report, it looked possible that entry was gained; however, nothing was noted as missing from the business. It was later reported that a 2018 Dodge Challenger was stolen from the dealership.

An officer passed the stolen vehicle at about 3 p.m. on Thursday and tried to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle attempted to elude officers in the area near the dog park and Bandshell Park, going so far as to drive on the bike path. 

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The suspects abandoned the vehicle in the 100 block of 12th Avenue Southwest. The vehicle was recovered, as were three additional key fobs for other vehicles in the center console.

A witness reported seeing  two white males and a black male fleeing from the vehicle.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Austin Police Department at 507-437-9407.