Police: Watchful friend helps recover stolen car

Posted at 1:33 PM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 16:43:20-04

Nampa Police investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who was seen getting into a stolen car.

The vehicle was taken the night of June 11 in the 1100 block of East Connecticut Street in Nampa, according to Sgt Tim Riha.

A friend of the car’s owner coincidentally spotted the vehicle -- and a unknown Hispanic man getting into it -– several days later at a retail parking lot. The friend snapped a photo of the man with her phone and turned the picture into the police department.

Several days later, according to Riha, the car was spotted again near the intersection of 12th and East Washington Streets in Nampa. “It is unclear if the vehicle was spotted by the same friend or another friend,” Riha said. In either case, the friend kept an eye on the car and watched as the two occupants -– a man and a woman -- parked the vehicle, got out, and walked away.

“The friend then approached the vehicle and locked the doors,” Riha said.

The man and woman did not come back.

Police retrieved the stolen car and returned it to the owner earlier this week.

Riha said, “This is a good example of how (in this case, stolen property can be recovered) when someone spots something suspicious.”

People are still looking for the Hispanic man seen getting into the stolen car in a parking lot.

If you recognize him, you’re urged to contact the Nampa Police Department at 465-2257. You can also send the police a facebook message.