[STOLEN] Police Use OnStar to Recover Three Stolen Vehicles from a Chevy Dealership in Washington


[STOLEN] Police Use OnStar to Recover Three Stolen Vehicles from Chevy Dealership in Washington

Photo Credit: Craig Cavanaugh

Halloween started out as a trick for a Washington state Chevrolet dealer.

But thanks to OnStar and some good police work, it eventually turned into a trick for a team of thieves charged with stealing a 2018 Silverado, a black C7 Corvette, and a white Camaro from McCurley Chevrolet in the early morning hours of Halloween.

Once McCurley employees discovered the thefts thanks to a closed loop camera system after coming into work Tuesday morning, they used OnStar to locate the pickup and disable it at a Boardman motel.

Even after the pickup was disabled, however, the thieves didn’t give up, according to Craig Cavanaugh, general manager of the McCurley Integrity Auto Dealership. He said lawmen arrested Michelle C. Mclean, 40, who was waiting at the motel on her accomplices to return from a search for another trailer to tow the disabled Silverado.

Mclean faces four counts of first-degree theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of burglary tools.

The investigation then turned to a call to the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office about two pickups trespassing on a farm near Ione.

That led to a high-speed chase that hit 106 mph as the trucks fled through Heppner on Highway 74. One of the pickups covered 10 miles before eventually crashing. That driver, Buddy J. Buoy, 42, of Portland drove down a hill and crashed in a field, where he was arrested by deputies. He’s in the Umatilla County jail charged with suspicion of attempting to elude police, first- and second-degree criminal mischief, first-degree trespassing, unauthorized use of a vehicle and reckless driving.

The other stolen pickup was involved in a low-speed chase. The driver, Julia Rachell Kraus, 37, of Portland kept swerving in front of deputies at about 20 mph before she crashed through a fence and rolled the truck while trying to drive down a steep canyon. After firefighters extracted her, she had to be airlifted to a Portland hospital. No word yet on the charges against Kraus.

This will likely be one Halloween to remember for all involved.


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