A Salem car thief recently found himself in a dilemma in which he only had himself to blame. After successfully stealing a car the thief decided to joy ride to the nearby Woodburn Premium Outlet center. Upon arrival the thief, 29 year old Benjamin Howell, realized he locked the keys inside his freshly stolen car!
Howell then attempted to once again break in to the vehicle to gain access to the keys, however this time the outlet mall security became suspicious. After security confronted him Howell fled the scene in an attempt to escape custody.
Security at the Woodburn Premium Outlet mall then alerted police and the authorities set up a perimeter at the mall. After a search of the premises Howell was found hiding in a women’s bathroom stall.
After police put Howell in custody the car thief was booked on charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle, shoplifting, falsifying a police report, drug possession, third degree criminal mischief, and violation of parole.
It is safe to say that in this case, as with all others, crime does not pay! Luckily security and police were able to apprehend this car thief but to best prevent a break in to your vehicle never leave your keys in your car or your car unlocked. For more information on vehicle security make sure to contact a local lock and security expert, if located in Tucson contact the lock and security experts at C & S Lock & Security!