NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Breaking News

Local News

April 27, 2013

K-9 tracks down suspected car thief

SALEM N.H. —A Windham, N.H. man faces charges after he allegedly took a car without permission, then fled on foot after police tried to stop him.

William Szafran, 26, is charged with taking a Honda Civic from Royal Circle Thursday morning without the owner’s knowledge or permission, Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said.

Police were called to the home at 11:30 Thursday morning for a report of a stolen car.

Detective Michael Bernard was talking to the car’s owner when she spotted her car driving past, a friend of her son at the wheel.

Bernard got into his cruiser and started to follow the Civic. He saw the suspect pull into a driveway, jump out of the car and run through back yards. Bernard ordered Szafran to stop, but he didn’t, Patten said.

Salem K-9 units responded to the scene and K-9 Til quickly tracked and stopped Szafran in the Alta Avenue area. He was taken into custody without further incident, police said.

Police discovered Szafran had a suspended driver’s license and at least two outstanding electronic bench warrants, one from Salem and one from Nashua. Both warrants were for traffic offenses, Patten said.

Now, Collier faces charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. driving after suspension, resisting arrest and the bench warrants.

His bail was set at $500 cash.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints

Port Pics
AP Video
Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Palestinians and Israeli Soldiers Clash Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive
Special Features