Stolen SUV recovered after cross-country journey

A stolen SUV logged some long miles before it was located by Apple Valley police last week.

The vehicle – a beige 2006 Lincoln Navigator – traveled more than 1,000 miles in just over a day’s time.

Reported stolen Aug. 7 in Helena, Mont., it was tracked down the following day near McAndrews Road and Galaxie Avenue in Apple Valley.

According to Apple Valley police, a gas station at County Road 42 and Johnny Cake Ridge Road called 911 on Aug. 8 to report that a man driving an SUV had pumped gas and drove off without paying.

A patrol officer located the vehicle a short time later on McAndrews Road, but the driver of the SUV fled, leading police on a chase through Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville and Bloomington.

During the chase in Bloomington, police lost sight of the vehicle, and the SUV was later found abandoned on the 8700 block of Dupont Avenue. No damage to the vehicle was reported.

While the suspect – a 25-year-old Worthington, Minn., man – managed to evade arrest in the police chase, he was later arrested in Bloomington on an unrelated warrant.

According to Montana-based KXLH news, the Lincoln Navigator was reported stolen Aug. 7 by a woman who’d parked it on the street near her place of employment in Helena. She had locked the vehicle, but the keys to the SUV were stolen out of her purse sometime during the work day, she told police.

On Monday, Apple Valley police were making arrangements for the owner to pick up the recovered SUV.