PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A wanted Oregon man has been taken into custody after he allegedly broke into a Coos Bay car dealership, stole an SUV, drove it through the business’s garage door and sped away on Highway 101 as police officers looked on.
Jason Graham, the owner of the Graham Bay Area Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge Dealership told KOIN 6 News that he and several Coos Bay Police Department officers responded to a burglary alarm at the Ocean Boulevard business on Feb. 6 at approximately 6:30 a.m.
Upon arriving on the scene, Graham and the officers say they watched as the man — later identified as 45-year-old Aaron Bruce Howley — hits the gas and burst through the business’s bay door in a white 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer.
“It was like something from a movie,” Graham said.
CBPD said that its officers and the North Bend Police Department gave chase as Howley fled north on Highway 101. However, authorities purportedly ended the pursuit near the Hauser truck scales due to public safety concerns.
Officers ultimately located Howley and recovered the stolen Jeep on Feb. 7. Howley was at taken into custody and booked into the Coos County Jail.