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Auto Thieves Arrested For Stealing Stolen Truck

One man’s truck proved popular with criminals this week after it was stolen twice in one night: first by a carjacker, and then by a trio of opportunistic auto thieves.

Earlier this week, a female friend of the 44-year-old male victim contacted police to report that the victim had been carjacked at gunpoint in downtown Seattle on the evening of May 6th. 

The victim said he had just pulled his red 1996 Honda Passport SUV into a parking lot near 1st Avenue and Union Street when a male suspect, who was armed with a handgun, walked up to him and ordered him out of the truck.

The victim got out of the truck and stood in front of it—in an attempt keep the suspect from fleeing—but the suspect drove into the victim, knocking him to the ground.

The carjacking suspect then drove off in the victim’s truck and ditched it later that night, near the Washington State Convention Center at 7th Avenue and Pike Street.

Sometime between 1am and 2am on the 7th, a group of two men and one woman were walking near the convention center, where they saw the stolen truck sitting in the street, still running, with its lights on.

The group hopped in the truck and drove it around until patrol officers pulled them over on May 8, and arrested them for auto theft and possession of stolen property.  “They just hopped in it and took advantage,” says SPD Robbery Detective Mike Magan. “It’s a strange case. There’s no honor among thieves.”
The victim was treated at an area hospital for minor injuries sustained during the incident.

Detectives are still looking for the male suspect who first carjacked the victim.