Updated: stolen vehicles recovered but thieves not found

n Two cars and one truck were not taken far, but they were stolen nonetheless


by Jim Boyle


Three vehicles were stolen over the weekend in Elk River.

All three have been recovered relatively short distances from where they were stolen from, but no one has been caught, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.

He said police suspect the cases are related but can’t say for sure.

Were they pranks?

“I don’t think they were pranks, but maybe someone taking the vehicles for a ‘joy ride,’” Kluntz said. “But either way, it is theft.”

A 27-year-old Elk River man reported about 4:30 a.m. Jan. 25 a suspect or suspects entered his garage and took keys for his Chevrolet Silverado pickup parked in the driveway. Police were alerted by a neighbor who had noticed the stolen truck stuck in a snowbank near the owner’s residence in the 17000 block of Johnson Street.

The vehicle was located on the south corner of 177th Avenue and Johnson Street with its tailgate down; and the vehicle was unlocked with the keys on the drivers seat.

Kluntz said the vehicle appeared to have been rummaged through and there were footprints leading from the drivers side to set of tires next to the vehicle.

An officer made contact with the owner who said that the truck had been parked near his garage and said that someone had stolen it. Footprints that came off of 178th Avenue that lead to the service door on the detached garage were found. The owner said that the keys to his truck were located inside of another vehicle that was parked in the garage.

The truck was taken back to the Police Department for processing.

A 67-year-old Brooklyn Park woman reported at 11:40 a.m. Jan. 25 that her silver Honda Accord was stolen from the driveway of a residence in the 10000 block of 180th Court sometime between 5 p.m. Jan. 24 and the call time. The vehicle was unlocked, but the owner had both ignition keys.

It was later found on 199th Avenue between Dodge Street and Auburn Auburn Street.

A 40-year-old Elk River man reported the most recent theft shortly before 8 a.m. Jan. 27. The owner told police his 2006 Toyota Sienna was stolen from his driveway in the 18000 block of Olson Street. The complainant located the vehicle near his home.

The vehicle was unlocked and an ignition key was possibly left inside of it.

Kluntz said police are reminding people to be alert, lock their vehicles and avoid keeping keys or other valuables inside them.

“And of course we want people to report any suspicious activity or persons,” he said.