A key stuck in the ignition of a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria allowed a would-be car thief to drive off from a Winder residence Dec. 8, 2012.
An officer with the Winder Police Department was dispatched to the area of Capital Avenue in reference to a possible vehicle accident. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a Williamson Street resident, who said her grandmother's Crown Victoria had been stolen. Upon hearing a crash, the resident ran outside to find the vehicle gone before reaching Capital Avenue and seeing a suspect run away from the wrecked vehicle.
According to an incident report, the vehicle was disabled at the intersection of Capital Avenue and Elm Street as the rear driver's side wheel was broken after striking the sidewalk. Officers canvassed the area for a possible suspect but none was found.
The resident said the suspect was able to take the car because the key is stuck in the ignition.
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