Updated: 05/07/2014 1:10 PM
Created: 05/07/2014 11:14 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson
A stolen vehicle was recovered and a suspect was arrested thanks to an alert neighbor in Anoka County.
According to the criminal complaint, officers got a call around 10:45 a.m. Saturday, April 19, by a man who recognized his neighbor’s Mustang that had allegedly been stolen the previous Wednesday night. He said he had been driving north on Highway 35 when he saw someone driving the vehicle, called his neighbor, and confirmed that it was the stolen vehicle.
Officers arrived at a gas station on the 9400 block of Lake Drive Northeast in Columbus and arrested the driver, identified as 30-year-old Tanner Thomas Gearin of North St. Paul.
Gearin told police he had been given the car from a friend, but police say he was unable to give his friend’s last name or a clear timeline. Police also said the vehicle had a broken window and that the key in the ignition was a "bump key," which can be used to start the vehicle when it wasn’t designed for it.
Gearin has been charged with theft. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines.