Amarillo Police Investigate Auto Theft, Owner Crashes Stolen Vehicle

AMARILLO -- Friday morning, Amarillo Police were sent to a home in the 1900 block of S. Seminole to investigate an auto theft. 

Officers say a 1997 GMC pickup was in a driveway with the motor running and was stolen.

At about 8:23 AM, officers that a recent three-car accident in the 800 block of S. Ross. was the result of the owner trying to stop a person in the stolen vehicle.

Officials say that the auto theft victim started ramming stolen vehicle's back and drivers side with the white GMC pickup that he was driving.  

One of the collisions caused the driver of the stolen truck to lose control, leave the roadway, and strike a fence and two cars parked on parking lots adjacent to the intersection of 9th and S. Ross.  The stolen vehicle and following vehicle then got back on Ross, where there was a collision involving an uninvolved white Ford van that was traveling northbound on S. Ross. 

Officers took a man that was in the stolen pickup into custody.  He was released pending investigation when officers found evidence that indicates that another person had initially stolen the vehicle but fled after the collision.  

Officers determined that the stolen auto complainant/driver was intentionally ramming his pickup with intent to assault the auto theft suspect. The vehicle owner, Steven Don Craven, 36, was booked into the Potter County Detention Center on a charge of aggravated assault.  

Auto theft detectives are continuing the investigation into the original offense.    

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