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Police: Car found crashed 3½ hours after reported stolen

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From staff reports

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Elizabeth City police are asking for the public’s help finding those responsible for stealing a car from a city street and crashing it 3½ hours later.

Police spokeswoman Barbara Morgan said Friday that a white 2015 Toyota Corolla was reported stolen from the 600 block of Cedar Street about 4 p.m. on Wednesday. At 7:24 p.m. the same day, officers responded to a vehicle crash in the 100 block of East Burgess Street.

When officers arrived at the scene of the crash, they found the damaged vehicle to be the same one stolen from Cedar Street.

Witnesses told police that people in the car were seen running from the scene after the wreck. One man, described as black, was wearing a white shirt and dark color shorts, Morgan said.

Police believe the people involved in the wreck may have suffered head injuries as well as burns from the car's airbags, which deployed in the crash.

Anyone with any information about the theft of the Corolla or the crash on East Burgess Street is asked to phone police Detective Grace Bray at 621-7128.

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