Stolen vehicle case over almost before it starts

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WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Police made a quick arrest Sunday morning in a stolen vehicle case.

According to Officer Tim Bennett, city police spokesman, an officer on patrol on Poplar Street near Myra Road was contacted shortly before 9 a.m. by a motorist who said he was nearly rammed by another vehicle.

After the driver pointed out the vehicle to the officer, the officer started a traffic stop. The driver of the car quickly pulled into the parking lot of the Home Depot and got out, telling the officer it wasn’t his car.

Bennett said Nicholas A. Aguirre was taken into custody for failure to have a valid driver’s license,. A few moments later, police were notified by the Milton-Freewater Police Department that the vehicle Aguirre had been in was reported stolen by a Milton-Freewater resident. The report had not even been entered by the time Aguirre was caught, police said.

The vehicle’s owner arrived a short time later and told the officer there were several items in the vehicle that did not belong to him, including a car stereo reported stolen earlier Sunday during a vehicle prowl in Walla Walla. Officers also found other property taken from three other vehicles.

Bennett said Nicholas A. Aguirre, 18, of Milton-Freewater was taken into custody for failure to have a valid driver’s license,. A few moments later, police were notified by the Milton-Freewater Police Department that the vehicle Aguirre had been in was reported stolen by a Milton-Freewater resident. The report had not even been entered by the time Aguirre was caught, police said.

Aguirre was booked into Walla Walla County Jail on investigation of possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of stolen property.

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