Suspect crashes stolen car into house, flees

Suspect crashes stolen car into house, flees

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by RICHARD DEVAYNE / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 11 at 7:01 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Almost one year ago a tornado ripped through Donald Graves’ neighborhood, ripping up houses spreading debris all about.

In the aftermath of that storm, Graves escaped relatively unscathed with only slight roof damage.

"This makes up for it," Graves said as he looked at the damage left to the front of his house in the Reedy Creek subdivision in Charlotte, "It sounded like a tornado."

Monday morning around 12:30, Graves said a loud sound of something hitting the house woke him--and the rest of his family up.

"At first I thought it was the air conditioners, but when I looked out that window it was all okay."  Graves said

But then Graves said that he realized that something had stuck his car, causing so much damage he couldn't even see his front door.

A Chevrolet Suburban had driven off the road, into his yard and slammed into the front wall of his house, before coming to a rest, crashing into the side of the garage.

"When I got to the dining room window, I saw the vehicle on my porch with the light on, and the vehicle just running."

The driver was gone.

Graves said police arrived within a few minutes and then they told him that the SUV had just been reported stolen. He said the report was made from a house just down the street.

Graves said he is not sure the Suburban was actually stolen. He points to the fact that the SUV was heading down the same street in the same direction from where it was stolen.

"If someone stole the vehicle, and it came from that way, why would it be going back that way? They would get far away as possible. They're not going to go back in the neighborhood with a stolen vehicle." Graves expressed.   

Police have impounded the Suburban as they investigate the stolen auto report and the crash.

Graves said that he believes the wreck caused more than $50,000 worth of damage.

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