The driver left a running, unlocked pickup “just for a minute” and came back to find it was stolen.
A man in Kennewick was leaving work at 7 p.m. Monday, started his 1990 Ford F-350 pickup and stepped back into the business on the 800 block of West John Day Avenue, said Sgt. Ken Lattin.
He came back outside to see his pickup being driven away by a thief.
“Thieves are opportunistic. They only leave it for a minute and they are gone,” said Lattin.
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Police found the pickup undamaged a few blocks away on the 400 block of North Hartford Street.
“This is a crime of opportunity that is easily prevented,” he said. “Lock your vehicle.”
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call 509-585-4208.