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Suspect drives stolen car to WSP office, detectives call it the ‘easiest auto theft arrest’ ever

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From WSP

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Troopers arrested a 36-year-old man who they say drove a stolen car into the parking lot of the Washington State Patrol district office in Bellevue.

Officials said Micah Hatcher was arrested just days earlier for outstanding warrants and drug charges, and was contacting the WSP office to retrieve some belongings surrendered at the time of his previous arrest.

But a Facebook post and an alert driver prevented Hatcher from leaving the office in the stolen car.

Here’s what happened, according to WSP:

“An alert motorist, recognizing a stolen vehicle he’d seen from a posting on a European motorist Facebook club, sees the vehicle driving in the Issaquah area.

The motorist gets video of the suspect driving around Issaquah and uses his cellular phone to report his observations and continues following it along I-90 between Issaquah and Bellevue.

The vehicle exited I-90 and drives into the WSP district office parking lot in Bellevue where the driver is ultimately arrested by troopers for auto theft.

Detectives say it’s the easiest auto theft arrest they’d ever had.”

Hatcher was arrested and booked into King County Jail for possession of stolen property.

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  • JW

    Watched this thread develop today during lunch break.

    The registered owner of the car reported as stolen to PNW Volkswagen/Audi, a Facebook group with 7500+ members. It was also subsequently posted to another FB group dedicated to listing and finding stolen cars of all makes, PNW Stolen Cars.

    The observant citizen who recognized the car is the person who ended up posting a short video of the suspect at the car on the side of the road with hood and two doors open, leaning into the trunk. After that they provided updates to the stolen vehicle’s whereabouts and I thought it was strange when I saw an update by them that the vehicle had parked at the WSP office.

    This explains everything. Once a thief, always a thief.

    Speculation was that the suspect was attempting to deface the VIN plates on the vehicle, I was hoping that was true so he would serve time in a federal penitentiary for vehicle identification fraud as well as grand theft.

    Glad the owner has their vehicle back in one piece and the suspect wasn’t out to steal his car to strip down and sell (or hadn’t gotten to it yet).