Man's Car Stolen While He Committed Burglary, Police Say

A man in Washington State was busy committing burglary when someone stole his truck, according to police in Kennewick.

William Kelley called the police in the early morning hours on August 25, telling the dispatcher his red Chevy pickup had been stolen. According to Kelley, he had been drinking at the Tin Hat Tavern the night before and decided to leave the vehicle behind rather than drive home drunk.

When he returned to get the truck Sunday morning, Kelley said, he stopped to go to the bathroom and left the keys on the front seat. When he got back, Kelley claimed he saw a man throw a bicycle into the bed of the truck and drive off. He said he chased the car on foot but it was too fast.

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Police say surveillance footage reveals William Kelley was breaking into a nearby business when someone stole his pickup truck. releon8211 / Getty Images

Police examining security footage from a nearby businesses corroborated Kelley's story about a bicyclist taking his Chevy. But, they say, the footage revealed something else: Kelley's truck was taken while he was stealing items from a scrap yard on the same block. The truck thief apparently interrupted him mid-crime.

Stolen Pick-up Truck

On 8-25-2019 at about 6:00AM, KPD responded to the area of the 500 block of E Bruneau for an auto theft that had just occurred. The owner of the vehicle, William Kelley, was reporting that someone just stole his red 1992 Chevy pickup with maroon canopy, WA license B96531X. He had left his keys on the seat. A male riding a 10-speed rode by and discovered the keys and then threw his back bike in the bed of the truck and fled. Video was obtained of the incident and a new fact was discovered. Kelley was at the location because he was stealing items from a business across the street. Kelley was booked into the jail in the AM hours on a warrant and subsequently a new charge of Burglary was added. Kelley's vehicle has still not been located. Any assistance with locating the truck or the identify the car thief, please call KPD reference case number 19-33651.

Posted by Kennewick Police Department on Sunday, August 25, 2019

Police booked Kelley, who was already wanted on an existing warrant, on a burglary charge. Authorities are still working on finding the person who stole his vehicle.

In 2012, a group of bank robbers in Houston discovered their getaway car was missing—a customer fleeing the scene had apparently hopped into the nearest car, driving for several miles before pulling into a parking lot and calling 911.

The robbers had stolen the car from someone else, according to the Houston Press, and were so panicked by its disappearance hat they left the bank without taking any money.