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They ditched a stolen Jeep and left a gun behind. Yeah, someone came along and stole it

Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is asking for help identifying a man who parked a stolen Jeep at a Tacoma gas station on Aug. 28.
Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is asking for help identifying a man who parked a stolen Jeep at a Tacoma gas station on Aug. 28. Courtesy

Authorities are looking for help identifying two people who left a stolen Jeep at a Tacoma gas station and a third person who stole a gun from the vehicle, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday via Twitter and Facebook.

“Three thieves walk into a gas station. Two stole a car. One stole a gun from the stolen car ...,” reads a post on the department’s Facebook page. “While this may sound like the start to a bad joke (or a bad math problem), our auto theft detectives need your help to identify a trio of thieves.”

At 1 a.m. on Aug. 28, an unidentified black man and white woman parked the red jeep at the Chevron station at 72nd St. E. and McKinley Ave. E. in Tacoma, according to the post. The jeep, which did not have license plats, was reported stolen 10 days prior. The female suspect removed several bags from the vehicle and both suspects walked south on McKinley Ave.

When a gas station employee approached the parked vehicle he noticed a handgun on the passenger seat and called 911. A person the department described as “a homeless man” was seen trying to take items from the car, but the employee told the man to return what he took. But when the employee walked away from the vehicle, an unidentified woman took the gun and walked away toward a nearby neighborhood.

The first suspect is a black male in his 20s with a medium build. He was unshaven and wore camouflage pants, a red, black and white jacket and an olive green cap. The second suspect is a white female in her 20s with a medium build and long dark brown hair. She wore blue jeans, a burgundy leather coat and a white t-shirt.

The third suspect is a white female in her 20s with a petite build and bleached blonde hair. She wore a pink shirt, blue jeans and pink sandals.

Those with information about the suspects are asked to call Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County at 1-800-222-8477.

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