Captain Rob Huss
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: March 19, 2015
Contact: Lieutenant Ron Mead, Bellevue
Phone: 425-401-7736
Cell: 360-731-1614
Twitter: @wastatepatrol

Social Media Post + An Alert Citizen + Dumb Criminal = Auto Theft Recovery

Bellevue -- An alert motorist, recognizing a stolen vehicle he'd seen from a posting on a European motorist Facebook club, sees the vehicle driving in the Issaquah area. The motorist gets video of the suspect driving around Issaquah and uses his cellular phone to report his observations and continues following it along I-90 between Issaquah and Bellevue. The vehicle exited I-90 and drives into the WSP district office parking lot in Bellevue where the driver is ultimately arrested by troopers for auto theft. Detectives say it's the easiest auto theft arrest they'd ever had.

The suspect had been previously arrested days earlier (on March 15th) on outstanding warrants and drug charges and was contacting the WSP office to retrieve some belongings taken during his initial arrest, unaware the motorist had recognized the stolen car he was driving or that he was being followed. Instead of retrieving his belongings, Micah S. Hatcher, age 36, was again arrested ~ this time for possession of stolen property. Mr. Hatcher was booked into the King County jail. The vehicle will be released to its rightful owner, who we are sure will post the good news on the Facebook!