Stolen vehicle found before it was reported stolen

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A vehicle in Independence County, stolen Thursday afternoon, Aug. 30, was found and taken into custody before it was reported stolen.

Adam McGilton, a deputy sheriff with the Independence County Sheriff’s Department, was called to Union Hill Road around 4:20 p.m. yesterday about a truck that was stolen.

Arica Smith reported the stolen truck as a 1992 black Ford Ranger, according to McGilton. She noted it had a number 13 painted on the hood and two big air horns on the bed of the truck.

However, a few hours earlier, around 1:30 p.m., Det. Chris Toland attempted to stop a black Ford Ranger fitting the description because it had tags from another vehicle.

The vehicle led him in a pursuit, which ended with the driver exiting the truck and running into the woods.

The driver was identified, but not found, and the truck was taken into custody and towed by Garcia’s Towing.

The case is still open with the driver being wanted, according to Toland.

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