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Thieves take off in unattended idling car

Police recover vehicle near West Linn


by: OREGON STATE POLICE - This vehicle was reported stolen early Tuesday morning as it was left unattended warming up in the 700 block of Apache Court SE in Salem.Oregon State Police arrested a wanted fugitive Tuesday afternoon in a stolen vehicle along Interstate 205 in the West Linn area.

The vehicle was reported stolen earlier in the morning as it was left unattended warming up in the 700 block of Apache Court SE in Salem. On Tuesday, at 2:20 p.m., an OSP sergeant patrolling northbound Interstate 205 near 10th Street in West Linn ran a check on a red 2004 Hyundai Elantra four-door car displaying Oregon license plates. As the Hyundai quickly pulled into the northbound viewpoint area, OSP learned the vehicle was reported stolen. As the OSP sergeant pulled into the rest area, a man and woman got out of the car and began walking away. Both were detained as additional OSP personnel responded to assist the sergeant, according to police. The man was identified as Jarl Donald Colwell, 30, of no known address, and was lodged at Clackamas County Jail on a felony charge related to a parole violation warrant held by the Oregon State Parole Board and charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle and unlawful possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine. The 23-year-old woman was not arrested at that time. Because some vehicles are stolen on cold mornings when left running to warm up, OSP and the Marion County Sheriff's Office urged vehicle owners to refrain from leaving vehicles running unintended.

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