Lewiston Police are looking for the person or persons responsible for two incidents during which keys were left in unlocked cars and the cars were crashed or tampered with. The possible suspect vehicle is described as a small white sedan similar to a Toyota Supra.
According to a press release, at about 1:00 a.m. yesterday morning, police responded to a possible traffic crash on 15th Street just north of Ripon. Officers found that suspect had stolen a 1999 Toyota Corolla from the 1400 block Hemlock and taken the car to the area of 15th and Ripon.
"At that location, they stacked debris in the roadway that was taken from Western Forest Services Inc., put the car in gear and placed a rock on the gas pedal. The vehicle accelerated north on 15th Street through the debris, ran off the right side of the road where it came to rest after striking a tree," police say.
This morning at about 1:00 a.m., a vehicle was seen leaving the area in the 3700 block of 22nd Street. While checking the area, police found a 1995 Ford sedan parked in the 2100 block of Ripon with its door open.
"Further checking revealed the car had a block on the front seat, the keys were turned to the 'on' position, and there was no one around the vehicle. Police verified with the owner that the car had been tampered with and the seats had previously been empty of any heavy objects," the news release states.
Lewiston Police checked the immediate area for the vehicle that was last seen driving east on Powers from the area. Nez Perce County Deputies assisted by checking outlying areas to the east of Lewiston.
It is believed the same person or persons are responsible for both incidents. Anyone with information about possible suspects is encouraged to call the Lewiston Police Department at 208-746-0171.
BY Mia Carlson of Big Country News Connection