LOGAN — If you want to run the risk of having your car stolen, leave it idling. If you want to spend Christmas in jail, try stealing an idling donut delivery van.
That’s the message from Logan City Police, after Joshua A. Islas allegedly stole a Shaffer House Bakery delivery van early Wednesday morning and later crashed it into a US Postal Service truck.
“We had a vehicle stolen from the 7-11 at 400 N. and Main St.,” said Police Chief Gary Jensen. “It was a crime of opportunity because the vehicle was left running and was not attended. The thief obviously found an opportunity and seized that opportunity.”
Police report the van was stolen just after 5:00 a.m. while the driver was inside the convenience store. About four-hours later, officers received a call that a van, matching the stolen vehicle’s description, had hit the mail truck near 1200 N. 400 E.
An officer observed the 23-year-old Logan man fleeing the scene of the accident. He chased Islas on foot and arrested him in a nearby neighborhood.
Many motorists this time of year will leave their vehicles unattended to warm up or defrost windows. Jensen said, not only is that bad for the air quality but it is also against the law.
“Off times we make this more about clean air in the Cache Valley but realistically it goes well beyond that. It is illegal to leave your vehicle running unattended. In fact it is illegal to leave your keys in the vehicle while you are not in the vehicle.”
Islas was booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated robbery and assault, theft and driving under the influence. He is being held without bail.
Jensen said jokingly, “If someone is going to take a vehicle, don’t steal the donut truck. It’s offensive to us police.”
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