ROY — Police are searching for anyone responsible for stealing a car and then crashing it into an unoccupied home.
“So far, we have no solid leads,” Roy Police Chief Greg Whinham said Friday.
A woman reported her red 1990 Oldsmobile Regency stolen from her home at 4142 W. 4600 South at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Police found the car about a block away, crashed into a house at 4776 S. 4175 West.
The theft of the car and the crash occurred just a few blocks away from Rocky Mountain Junior High School.
The car’s owner told police she had gone out the night before and “accidentally left the car unlocked and left the key in the ignition” after returning home, Whinham said.
Police did not find any evidence in the car suggesting the occupants were injured in the crash, Whinham said.
The car had traveled across a neighbor’s yard — missing the gas and power box by 10 feet — and crashed into a finished basement bedroom on the north side of a house, he said.
The car hit with such force that it “penetrated the house to the interior wall,” Whinham said.
The owners of the rental home are out of town on vacation, he said.
“We notified the rental company, and they came out and secured the house until the owners come back,” Whinham said.
Gas and power were shut off before crews entered the home, which was a good thing, Whinham said.
Because gas lines in the home were broken by the crash, a flash fire could have started if emergency crews had gone inside before the gas lines were shut down, he said.
The car was totaled.
Anyone with information about the theft of the car or the crash can call police at 801-629-5221.