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Monroe Police Investigating New Year's Day Car Thefts

Monroe Police rang in the first hours of 2014 investigating multiple car thefts in the area.

MONROE -- Monroe Police rang in the first hours of 2014 investigating multiple car thefts in the area.

At 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, police were called to the 2200 block of Gordon Avenue regarding a one-vehicle crash.

The vehicle was unattended when police arrived but the owner, Christopher Jones, arrived shortly after authorities did.

Jones told police he was driving alone in the 2100 block of Gordon Avenue when he was flagged down by an unknown black male.

According to police, Jones stated he stopped to talk to the unknown subject when he was punched in the face and forcibly removed from the car by the unknown male.

That subject then fled in Jones' vehicle.

Jones said he then went to a home located on Malvern Street in order to call police.

Police report no witnesses or suspects have been located in this incident and it cannot be proven at this time if Jones was the driver of the vehicle during the crash or not.

The vehicle, a 2013 Nissan Altima, sustained moderate damage and was towed from the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

Meanwhile, at 3:15 a.m., Monroe Police responded to a reported vehicle theft in the 3800 block of Desiard Street.

Police report the vehicle's owner parked his 2002 GMC Yukon at the gas pumps of a convenience store and entered the store, leaving the keys to the vehicle in the ignition.

When the owner returned to the gas pumps, police report unknown persons had stolen his vehicle.

No suspect description is available at this time.

The investigation and search for the vehicle is ongoing.

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