By LESLIE EIKLEBERRY
Police are investigating an incident of a stolen pickup that earlier in the morning on the day the theft was reported, was found abandoned near the scene of three hit-and-run crashes.
A 36-year-old Salina woman reported that her 2005 Ford F150 was stolen from the 100 block of N. Columbia Avenue sometime between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 7:50 a.m. Thursday, Salina Police Captain Paul Forrester reported this morning. The woman told police that the keys were missing, but she was unsure whether she had left them in the pickup.
The pickup was valued at $3,000.
According to Forrester, the pickup was found abandoned at approximately 12:15 a.m. Thursday in the middle of the street at the intersection of N. Columbia Avenue and Johnstown Avenue. The pickup had been involved in a crash and was missing the right front tire.
Officers located three parked vehicles in the 600 block of E. Ash Street that had been struck. Officers were able to connect the abandoned pickup to the three vehicles because of a trail from the crash scene to the area where the pickup was located, Forrester noted.
A 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup had rear end damage, a 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer had rear end damage, and a 2017 Hyundai Sonata had rear end damage caused by the pickup traveling eastbound on E. Ash Street and striking the three vehicles, Forrester reported.
Officers working the accident were unable to make contact with the owner of the abandoned pickup after the collisions.
Forrester noted that the investigation in this case is ongoing.