Police searching for suspect involved in East Austin vehicle theft

The Austin Police Department (APD) is searching for the suspect involved in stealing a car, and later crashing it in East Austin.

Police said on March 18, around 5:44 a.m., officers responded to a call reporting a vehicle theft in the 3700 block of Werner Avenue. A preliminary investigation revealed that two suspects broke into a Kia Soul and drove away with the vehicle.

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The next day, officers responded to a single-vehicle crash in the 2000 block of Alamo Street, where they found a white Kia Soul crashed into a home. 

Security cameras show one of the suspects running away from the car after it crashed. Shortly after, the images show two other vehicles, a Kia Soul and possibly a Hyundai Elantra, leave the area at a high rate of speed. 

Detectives believe both vehicles were stolen.

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(Austin Police Department)

Anyone with any information should contact the APD Auto Theft unit at atip@austintexas.gov. You may submit your tip anonymously through the Capital Area Crime Stoppers Program by visiting austincrimestoppers.org or calling 512-472-8477. A reward of up to $1,000 may be available for any information that leads to an arrest.