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Nampa police hope photo will help catch car thief

Nampa police are looking for this man, photographed getting into a stolen car in the Nampa Fred Meyer parking lot recently.
Nampa police are looking for this man, photographed getting into a stolen car in the Nampa Fred Meyer parking lot recently.

A quick-thinking woman recognized a friend's stolen car in a Nampa parking lot recently and photographed a stranger getting into that car.

Later someone — possibly the same friend — saw the stolen car on the road, noted where it stopped and called police, Nampa Police Sgt. Tim Riha said. Officers recovered the car Tuesday night, but the thief is still at large.

Now police are circulating the photo of the man seen getting into the car and asking the public to help solve the crime.

The light-colored Honda Accord was stolen the night of June 11 in the 1100 block of East Connecticut Street, Riha said. A friend of the car’s owner later spotted it in a parking lot at the Nampa Fred Meyer store, took a photo with her phone and gave the photo to police.

Days later, Riha said, the stolen car was spotted near the intersection of 12th and East Washington Streets in Nampa, and a friend of the owner watched a man and a woman park the car, get out and walked away.

The friend approached the vehicle and locked the doors, Riha said. The man and the woman did not come back, and police returned the car to its owner.

Nampa police tweeted the photo and posted it on Facebook Wednesday. As of late Thursday afternoon, no tips have been received, Riha said.

If you have information on the car theft or recognize the man in the friend's photo, you are asked to call Nampa police at 465-2257 or post a message on the NPD's Facebook page.

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