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BMW helps police catch car thief by locking him inside vehicle while driving it

By Mason White 5:47 PM December 6, 2016
BMW vehicle (illustration) 

By: Wayne Morin
Police received the help of a luxury car maker to catch a thief who was driving a stolen car, police in Washington said.

The Seattle Police Department said that the car thief awoke from a sound slumber on Sunday morning, to find he had been remotely locked inside a stolen BMW, just as police officers were bearing down on him.

Hours earlier, the thief had reportedly been out prowling cars with some friends in the 4300 block of 8th Avenue Northeast, when he came upon an unlocked BMW 550I in a parking garage.

The BMW’s owner had gotten married a day earlier and loaned the car to a friend, who mistakenly left a key inside. The suspect hopped in the driver’s seat and sped off.

Just before 5:00 a.m., the BMW’s owner discovered her car was missing and called 911. Officers contacted BMW corporate, which was able to track the vehicle to the 2100 block of NE 63rd Street.

When officers pulled up on the block around 5:45 a.m., they found the BMW parked in an alley, and it was still running with a man asleep in the driver’s seat.

BMW employees were able to remotely lock the car’s doors, trapping the suspect inside, presumably while hissing something terrifying like “I’m not locked in here with you, you‘re locked in here with me” into the car’s sound system.

Officers awoke the suspect, who quickly but unsuccessfully, tried to drive away. Police arrested the 38-year-old man, and found he was carrying a small amount of methamphetamine.

He was booked into the King County Jail for auto theft and drug possession.