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Thief Steals Car Near Bass Lake, Crashes It, Then Flees

BASS LAKE —  A woman in the Bass Lake Annex had her car stolen this evening, only to find that it had been wrecked less than half-mile from her house.

Just after 7:30 p.m., residents along Road 222 just south of the Annex heard the sound of squealing tires, followed quickly by the noise of a crash, and called 911.

A few minutes later, a woman on Cedar Lane called to report that her 2004 Mazda 3 had been stolen out of her driveway. She told CHP she left the keys in the car.

Several of those who live nearby and had heard the crash went down to the road and discovered the car overturned about 25 feet down the embankment. They climbed down to the crash site, but could find no one in the car or in the vicinity. They did report that there was blood and beer in the vehicle.

When Cal Fire Engine 4280 arrived from Rancheria station, firefighters went down into the thorny brush to check inside the car, and searched with flashlights in the dense vegetation to try and locate any possible victim(s) who may have been ejected, but found no one.

The owner of Mazda came down to the scene to retrieve what she could from the wreck, as tow truck drivers from  Advanced Auto pulled it up into the roadway and onto a flatbed.

The incident remains under investigation.

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