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Dover police catch alleged car theft accomplice after chase

| April 29, 2022

DOVER (WJER) (April 29, 2022) – Police say they caught an alleged accomplice in a vehicle theft after a chase through the city early Friday morning.

Details are limited, but Capt. Jimmy Hitchcock says just after 6 a.m., a resident in the 900 block of Tuscarawas Avenue left her car running outside and went back in the house to grab something.

He says a yellow Chevy Cavalier drove up. A man exited, got in the running vehicle, and both cars took off toward the freeway.

The resident saw it all and described the vehicle to police.

An officer a short time later saw the yellow Cavalier in the McDonald’s drive-through lane.

The driver took off again, and the officer pursued.

Hitchcock says the pursuit went out onto Schneider’s Crossing and back into the city. He says the driver, a 31-year-old New Philadelphia woman, gave up the chase when she got trapped at the end of the Parkdale Drive cul-de-sac.

The woman could face a list of traffic charges. Hitchcock says she had a suspended license, and the yellow Cavalier had fictitious plates.

The most severe charges would be felonies for being an accomplice to grand theft of a car.

Hitchcock Friday morning said police hadn’t located the stolen car – a black Dodge Nitro.

They had just finished interviewing the woman before transporting her to the Tuscarawas County Jail.

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