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Police: Woman arrested after stealing box truck from Moline post office

A vehicle chase turned into an on-foot pursuit after a 26-year-old woman was reportedly caught driving a stolen 2013 Freightliner M2 106 box truck.

MOLINE, Ill. — A vehicle chase, followed by an on-foot pursuit, resulted in the arrest of a Moline woman who reportedly stole a box truck from a private company last Thursday, Jan. 6.

Larecia Thomas, 26, was arrested after stealing a North Cedar Trucking 2013 Freightliner M2 106, according to a news release from the Moline Police Department.

The department received the motor theft call at about 4:20 p.m. Jan. 6, with the vehicle last seen at the U.S. Post Office located at 514 17th St. in Moline. The driver reportedly left the keys inside the unoccupied vehicle before going into the post office.

Officers located the stolen vehicle on John Deere Expressway near I-74 and tried to stop it, but they were unable to as the suspect continued westbound.

Thomas reportedly ditched the box truck on the 500 block of Valley View Drive and fled on foot. Several officers chased the suspect and captured her after a short foot pursuit, according to the release.

Two officers were injured during the on-foot chase, with one officer transported to a local hospital with a non-life threatening upper body injury.

 Rock Island County State's Attorney charged Thomas with unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle and resisting or obstructing an officer. 

Thomas was in custody at the Rock Island County Jail on a $50,000 bound as of Monday, according to the release.