Fleeing thief rams car with woman, toddlers inside

July 3, 2008

By Staff

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Shortly after 2:30 p.m. June 20, a woman returning home with her two preschool-aged children in the car saw a white Ford truck back into her gravel driveway in the 14500 block of Southeast May Valley Road, police said.

The woman left her car and noticed a man jump off the balcony and run to the truck. The woman returned to her 2000 Subaru Impreza, dialed 911 and gave the dispatcher a portion of the truck’s license plate number, according to the police report. As she was dialing 911, the suspect started the truck and then rammed the Subaru.

The woman then backed up to avoid being rammed again. The suspect drove across the lawn and smashed through her wooden fence before fleeing west on Southeast May Valley Road.

The homeowner said the truck had a Starving Students Moving Co. decal on the driver’s side door. The vice president of operations at the company told police that the truck was stolen that morning in Des Moines.

Officers noticed the woman’s broken kitchen window, apparently smashed by a rock. Investigators also found a trail of blood from the suspect after he apparently cut himself on the jagged edges of the broken window.

Police were able to obtain fingerprints and a shoe print from a dusty stool the suspect used to climb the balcony railing.

The shoe print was a Vans brand shoe, size 11 to 13. The suspect is described as a white male, 5-foo-10, with slim build and brownish-sandy-blond hair. Damage to the vehicle and fence was listed at $1,400.

Neither the woman nor the toddlers were injured, Police Chief Melinda Irvine said, but the thief had taken $1,000 worth of jewelry in a jewelry box.

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