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Man fueling stolen Jeep arrested

An 18-year-old transient was arrested on suspicion of car theft early Thursday after the vehicle ran out of gas about a block from a police station.

Spokane Valley police found David R. Yeager putting fuel into a stolen 1990 Jeep Cherokee after the owner’s son reported the theft to the Spokane Valley Police precinct, 12710 E. Sprague Ave., about 7:15 a.m.

He said the Jeep wouldn’t have gotten too far from his East Alki home because it didn’t have much gas, police said.

The man then returned a few minutes later and said he spotted the stolen Jeep in a parking lot about a block from the station.

Police booked Yeager into Spokane County Jail on a count of theft of a motor vehicle.

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