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Stolen SUV recovered; thief at large

Courtney Astolfi • Feb 26, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Police on Monday night found an SUV that was stolen days earlier from a Cleveland Road gas station.

The thief remains at large.

Watch video of the recovery in the player below

A Huron man’s Chevy Suburban was stolen from the Hy-Miler Saturday at about 7:30 p.m., when the man stopped at the store to buy a pack of cigarettes, according to a Sandusky police report.

The man entered the store briefly and then exited, only to spot someone driving off in his SUV. He gave chase, catching up to the vehicle at the end of the gas station’s driveway. He opened the passengerside door, but the thief’s maneuvering flung the man off the SUV and onto the pavement.

The SUV was last seen speeding away on South Larchmont Drive. Sandusky police were unable to locate it until about 9:30 p.m. Monday.

Officer Brad Wilson was searching for a child who ran away from home when he happened upon the Suburban in the 1000 block of Harrison St., according to a police report.

The engine was cool to the touch, indicating whoever drove it there was long gone. No keys were found in the ignition or around the vehicle, the report said.

Wilson reached out to a Harrison Street man, who said he first noticed the SUV there at about 7:30 a.m. Monday.

Another resident told Wilson she had not noticed it there on Sunday night.

A tow truck hauled the vehicle to the Sandusky Police Station, where it will be processed for evidence. As of Tuesday night no one had been arrested.

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