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BMW Remotely Foils Would-Be Car Thief

BMW and the cops worked in tandem to help bust Seattle suspect

(Newser) - Police blotters can be the source of tiny treasures, and one out of Seattle last week offers up a gem involving a sleepy suspect and a high-tech car. Per the Seattle Police Department's crime log, a BMW was reported stolen in the early morning hours of Nov. 27, and... More »

A Boy's Night Playing GTA Ended Up With Real Cops

Ontario police thought they were dealing with an 'impaired driver' when calls started coming in

(Newser) - Yet another reason to not let young kids play M-rated video games: They may get ideas they carry over to real life. At least that's what apparently happened to one curious 11-year-old boy in Ontario, who cops say spent Saturday evening playing Grand Theft Auto, then set out in... More »

Cops: Felon Steals Cruiser, Live-Streams Ensuing Chase

The officer had left her keys in the car while getting coffee

(Newser) - No wonder more people are ditching cable for the internet. A 25-year-old felon allegedly live-streamed himself stealing a cop car and leading police on a high-speed chase Monday night in Oklahoma, NewsOn6.com reports. Police say John Pinney swiped the cruiser after an officer left her keys in it while... More »

It's Easier Than You Think to Accidentally Steal a Car

Inadvertent car thief was supposed to pick up her friend's car and chose poorly

(Newser) - Accidents happen. Like, sometimes you steal a car without even meaning to. Surveillance video taken Tuesday night in Portland, Ore., shows a woman unlocking Erin Hatzi's red Subaru in Hatzi's driveway and driving off, the Guardian reports. Hatzi tells KGW it didn't seem like a normal car... More »

Someone Stole a Professional Snuggler's Snuggle Mobile

Portland, obviously

(Newser) - Some jerk—very possibly someone who didn't receive enough affection—stole the Snuggle Mobile this week in Portland, Oregon. KATU reports the bright orange Snuggle Mobile is owned by professional snuggler Shanya Luther. Professional snugglers "provide platonic touch to those seeking physical human connection," KATU helpfully explains.... More »

Cops: 14-Year-Old Boy Steals Car, Kills 8-Year-Old Girl

'Made a horrible, horrible, horrible mistake, made a horrible, horrible decision'

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy is facing vehicular manslaughter charges after police say he stole a Jeep and hit an 8-year-old girl who was just leaving school Thursday in Baltimore, the New York Daily News reports. According to the Baltimore Sun , police tried to stop the stolen Jeep just three blocks from... More »

10 Cities With Most Car Thefts Per Capita

California should hand out free clubs when you enter

(Newser) - Prefer not to have your car stolen? Statistically speaking, you should probably stay out of California. Forbes reports that eight of the 10 US cities with the most car thefts per capita are in the Golden State. The data comes from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which found nearly all... More »

Cops: Woman Gets in Police Chase in Stolen Ambulance

And it ends in a fiery crash

(Newser) - Paramedics leaving a San Francisco apartment building with their patient Tuesday morning were shocked to find their ambulance missing, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. They had left it running when they went inside. Police used a tracking device inside the ambulance to catch up with it a short time later.... More »

Dad Leaves Baby in Running Car, Car Gets Stolen

3-month-old found safe on a Detroit porch

(Newser) - A Detroit dad is lucky to have his infant back after he made a stop at a convenience store early Monday and left the baby in the car, engine running and doors unlocked, while he ran inside, the Detroit Free Press reports. When he came back out around 1am, his... More »

Stolen Meals on Wheels Van Leads Police Chase

'Don’t take the truck; we need it for seniors' food'

(Newser) - Instead of delivering food to seniors in need, a Meals on Wheels van spent Friday in a "moderately paced" police chase with Bay Area cops, the Los Angeles Times reports. Volunteers for Life ElderCare were unloading the van behind Fremont City Hall when police say 45-year-old Reginald Nunn and... More »

This Stolen Hot Rod Is Worth So Much Money

Experts call it a 'freak'

(Newser) - It's known as a "freak" by experts, and now it's missing. The Journal News reports a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda worth nearly $1.5 million was boosted from a New York residence last week. The hot rod is worth so much because it's one of only 17... More »

3 Teen Girls Take Fatal Plunge in Stolen Car

Joyride turns into tragedy

(Newser) - Three teen girls allegedly stole a car in Florida Wednesday night—a joyride that ended tragically when the car plunged into a Pinellas County pond, killing all three, WFLA reports. The owner of the Honda had given the girls a ride and stopped at a Walmart, which is when cops... More »

Cops: Man Steals BMW After Trying to Buy It With Food Stamps

Luckily for police, food stamps don't buy gas either

(Newser) - Authorities in Florida have arrested a man they say stole a BMW after trying to buy it with a food stamp debit card, the AP reports. According to the Martin County Sheriff's Office, 36-year-old Nicholas Jackson was arrested Friday and charged with grand theft auto. Deputies say Jackson was... More »

Daring Suspect Hops Fence, Steals Police SUV

Also: There was a loaded rifle inside the vehicle

(Newser) - A suspect in Washington state arrived at the Auburn Police Department's secured city lot on a bicycle Sunday evening and left in a police SUV that had a full tank of gas and a fully loaded rifle inside, KIRO 7 reports. A police commander tells Q13 Fox that the... More »

Cops: Teen Girl Goes on 3-State Crime Spree

Ivie Jade Adams, 17, is accused of multiple felonies

(Newser) - A Georgia teen and her boyfriend allegedly went on a Bonnie-and-Clyde-style crime spree (minus the shootouts) that included car theft and credit card fraud, WSB-TV reports. Police say Ivie Jade Adams, 17, took her mom's car in Milton, Ga., picked up her boyfriend, and went to a local bank—... More »

Car Thieves Find Boy in Backseat, Take Him to School

Mom had left child in running car while she worked at Va. post office

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy got the ride of his life when the car he was sitting in was stolen right before the start of school—and the thieves actually dropped him off at school, the Virginian-Pilot reports. Norfolk Police Department rep Daniel Hudson says the boy's mom has to be... More »

Couple's Stolen SUV Returned —With Upgrades

Thief helped get the broken down Durango running at least

(Newser) - If your broken-down vehicle is going to be stolen, at least hope it’s by a thief who knows how to handle a wrench. KHOU reports a couple in Texas were understandably bummed when their 2004 Dodge Durango disappeared from the shoulder of Highway 59 in Cleveland where it went... More »

Guy Steals Car He Can't Drive, Calls Taxi

Stick shift foiled Utah teen

(Newser) - Maybe he should have stolen some driving lessons first? Police in Providence, Utah, say that after 19-year-old Alexander Katz and his girlfriend allegedly stole a car on Tuesday, they ended up ditching it and calling a taxi because he didn't know how to drive a stick shift, KSL reports.... More »

Dad Clings to Stolen SUV to Save Son

They're both OK

(Newser) - A father near Atlanta who saw a car thief driving off with his 8-year-old son did the only thing he could think of—he grabbed onto the SUV as it pulled away. Malcolm Milliones clung to the vehicle for about a quarter-mile before falling off and breaking his arm, reports... More »

Boy, 3, Answers Mom's Phone in Stolen Car

Utah boy honked horn so cops could find vehicle

(Newser) - Elizabeth Barrios was separated from her 3-year-old son for 20 terrifying minutes after a thief stole her car while he was inside yesterday—but it could have been a lot longer if he hadn't known how to unlock her phone. The Ogden, Utah, woman left her car unlocked and... More »

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