AMARILLO -- On November 27 at 5:30 p.m., Amarillo Police were called out to the 1800 block of S Bell on a stolen auto report.
Officers soon learned the stolen vehicle was a 2006 turquoise Pontiac Grand Prix and that there was a 6 year old child sleeping in the back seat when it was stolen.
As officers were arriving to the scene, they were advised the vehicle had been located in the 1500 block of S Bell and the child was still in the back seat and the vehicle was now abandoned.
Officers went to this location where they found the owner of the vehicle sitting in the drivers seat and Joshua Anthony Polley, 24, sitting in the front passenger seat.
The owner told police that she had just pulled into the strip mall located in the 1800 block of S Bell, leaving her vehicle running with her 6 year old in the back seat while she ran inside to make a quick purchase. After being inside for only a few minutes she returned to observe her vehicle backing away and leaving the parking lot.
She immediately called 911 and reported the incident.
While waiting for officers arrival, she was approached by Polley who stated he had found her car and directed her to the location of the stolen car. Officers began obtaining statements from both parties and checking on the possibility of surveillance video from any nearby store. Officers located video surveillance showing the suspect opened the front drivers side door of the Grand Prix, got inside and back away from the store and left the parking lot. The suspect was dressed identical to that of Polley. As officers talked to the Polley he was very nervous and was could not provide officers with any details as to how found the stolen vehicle or even how he knew it was stolen or where the owner was located.
Polley was later transported and booked into the Potter County Correction Center on a charge of UUMV (Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle).
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