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Car ditched in Rockwood Borough reported stolen in Illinois

By: Maria Miller

ROCKWOOD BOROUGH, Pa. -- It has all the elements of a good mystery: A shootout, a stolen car, a hot pursuit through several states and a clue left behind in our area. But then things turn cold.

Police know they're looking for someone, but they don't know who.

Rockwood Borough police told 6 News they don't have many details, but they seem to know enough to at least have a suspect in mind. They're just not saying who that man is.

What we do is know, according to police, is that they found a vehicle parked alongside the Rockwood Mill Shoppes over the weekend.  After checking the license plate number, police said it was reported stolen in Illinois. But that's not all. Police said they were also able to find out the person who stole it had done so after his involvement in some type of police shootout in Tennessee. It's just not clear when or where that happened or if any officers were hurt.
As for the vehicle seemingly ditched in Rockwood Borough, the owner of Rockwood Mill Shoppes told 6 News Wednesday that she called police after the car sat in her parking lot for a few days. She described it as a late-'80s white Mercury Grand Marquis with the keys still inside. She said police towed it Tuesday night.

"The car had junk in it. Police ran the license plate and said it was stolen from a cemetery in Chester, Illinois," said Judy Pletcher. "It's very surprising. Hopefully with the new crime watch group, we can avoid problems such as that."

The incident was brought up at a crime watch meeting in Rockwood Borough Tuesday night. The mayor told 6 News he doesn't believe the suspect is still in the area, but he does want people to keep an extra eye out just in case, especially because of all the vacant properties in the borough where someone could be hiding.

In the meantime, Rockwood Borough police wouldn't release any further information about the suspect. They told 6 News that Pennsylvania State Police are handling the case, but as of Wednesday afternoon, State Police said they had not been notified.

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Edgar Snyder

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