Weekend Stolen Autos Left Unlocked And Running

Over the weekend seven vehicles were reported stolen to the Saskatoon Police Service. Of those, three were left unlocked and running for thieves to drive away.

Those three incidents occurred in each of the City's three policing districts. On March 17, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., a car was reported stolen at Avenue I and 28th Street West. It had been left unlocked and running. On March 18, 2017, just after midnight, a car was reported stolen from Preston and 8th Street. It had been left unlocked and running. It was recovered a short time later after it's driver evaded police as stated in the news release below. Then, on March 19, 2017, at 11:30 p.m., a car was stolen from the 100 block of 33rd Street West. It had also been left unlocked and running with the key fob inside.

The SPS reminds motorists to ensure that their vehicles are not left unlocked, running and unattended. It takes just seconds for thieves to spot the opportunity and steal the vehicle. Motorists are also advised to avoid leaving their keys or key fobs hidden in or around the vehicle. This also presents an opportunity for thieves.

On March 18, 2017 at approximately 12:20 a.m. a stolen car was observed eastbound in the area of 8 St & Preston Av by Patrol officers.  A traffic stop was attempted at 8 St & Moss Av.  The driver of the stolen car failed to stop and accelerated away from police westbound on 8 St.  Officers aborted the evade police situation.  The driver of the stolen car continued to flee and collided with a member of the public at 8 St & Arlington Av.  The driver fled on foot and was observed by officers in the area and arrested in the 2800 block of 8 St E.  There were no injuries as a result of the collision.

A 27 year old man is charged with possession of stolen property, evade police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, fail to stop at scene of an accident and failing to comply with court conditions.  He will see a Justice of the Peace later today.