A car reported as stolen in Dearborn on Christmas Eve was located when whomever was driving it hit a light pole and ran off, according to Dearborn police.
Police responded to Fairlane Town Center at 6:46 p.m. on Dec. 24 when a woman reported that her Buick was stolen. The woman told police that she gave her house and car keys—on the same keyring—to her 13-year-old son to hold. When she went to retrieve the keys, she said, the ones to the car were missing.
Her boyfriend confirmed the account, saying that he went out to the car and found that it was missing from the parking lot.
Concurrently, a Dearborn police officer patrolling the area came upon her car after an OnStar report was called in for the vehicle—which had been crashed into a light pole in the area of Hubbard and Northwood.
Officers found an open can of beer in the cup holder, and another in the passenger seat. The car was warm, the beer was cold, and the keys were still in the ignition. The vehicle had not been rummaged through. Police added in their report that the driver's seat was pushed forward as though "a woman of smaller stature" had been driving it.
The woman confirmed that it was her car, and her boyfriend added that the beer was his, but said that they had drank it in the parking lot before entering the mall.
Security cameras in the area confirmed that the accident happened around 6:10 p.m., but did not clearly show a suspect exiting the car.
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