Car theft sends man to prison

A 22-year-old Oak Harbor man is in state prison for stealing a pickup.

Dylan Downey pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court June 2 to taking a motor vehicle without permission and vehicle prowling in the second degree.

Judge Vickie Churchill agreed with the sentence recommendation worked out by the prosecution and defense. She sentenced Downey to a year and four months in prison and ordered him to pay $1,117 in fines and fees.

According to the police report, a group of friends were watching a movie at a Coupeville residence when they heard the woman’s truck start up and drive away. They went outside and found that someone had also rifled through another car.

Not long after they reported the theft to police, an Oak Harbor police officer saw the car on Haga Road. Officers caught Downey nearby.

Downey told the officers that he stole the car because he was freezing outside and couldn’t get a ride hitchhiking from Coupeville to Oak Harbor.

Downey’s criminal history includes convictions for malicious mischief, burglary, possession of stolen property and bail jumping, court documents state.

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