“She got out of the vehicle, went to go check on a flat tire,” German Twp. Patrolmen Ryan Axle said, “and that’s when a male ran up beside her car and jumped into the driver’s seat and sped off.”
The car was later found on Colony Lane after a brief chase with Springfield police officers, and two men fled from the vehicle. Watkins was caught a mile from where the men fled.
Surveillance video showed the vehicle was taken to Goo Goo Car Wash on West North Street after it was stolen. The video allowed Springfield Police to identify Watkins, Axle said.
“People don’t think about it, but there are cameras everywhere,” he said.
Police were able to identify Powell as a suspect after his DNA was found inside the vehicle, according to court records.
The victim was glad to have her car returned, Axle said.
“Just be aware and be cautious for people who approach you,” he said, “and just always check your surroundings.”