UPDATE: Coos Bay Police say the vehicle was located and the suspect was taken into custody.
In a press release, police say a citizen who had seen the press release detailing the theft on Facebook spotted the vehicle in the Walmart parking lot in Newport at 6:00 p.m.
Newport Police responded and took Aaron Howley into custody on Coos Bay Police Department's charges.
Howley was taken to the Coos County Jail on charges of:
Coos Bay Police say he will be held in custody pending his court appearance.
The Coos Bay Police Department would like to thank everyone for their assistance in this matter.
COOS BAY, Ore. - Around 6:30 Monday morning, Coos Bay Police officers were dispatched to the Graham Bay Area Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge Dealership at 1400 Ocean Blvd. for a reported alarm.
When they arrived, they observed a man, later identified as 45-year-old Aaron Bruce Howley of Coos Bay, inside the business attempting to steal a vehicle, CBPD said.
Moments later, officers observed Howley back a white 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer through one of the closed bay doors before speeding off.
Officers initiated a pursuit but later discontinued due to public safety concerns, the report stated. The Jeep sports Oregon license plate EMYL0U.
The vehicle was last seen northbound on Highway 101 near the Hauser truck scales.
Anyone with additional information should call the Coos Bay Police Department at (541) 269-8911 or Coos Stop Crime at (541) 267-6666.
Coos Bay officers were assisted by officers from the North Bend Police Department.