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December 15, 2010 at 3:34 PM

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Stolen car recovered through SPD's new Twitter account

Posted by John de Leon

The Seattle Police Department's new Twitter account that tweets information on stolen vehicles has yielded its first stolen-car recovery.

At 7:23 p.m. Tuesday, the department's 911 center received a telephone call from a woman who indicated that a previously tweeted stolen Honda Civic was in the 1900 block of Second Avenue Northwest. A patrol officer responded to the location and recovered the car and notified the owner.

Earlier this month, the department launched a new Twitter account specifically to tweet information on stolen cars:

When a car is reported stolen, an officer will confirm the report and get the owner's signature on a form. Once that form is signed, the officer will call into the dispatch center and the information -- a vehicle's color, year, make, model, body type and license-plate number -- will be tweeted to Twitter followers.

Department officials said they hope that people who see the Twitter alerts will call 911 when they see a stolen vehicle, which happened on Tuesday.

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