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Walla Walla Police Recover Stolen Vehicle Within an Hour

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Walla Walla Police say officers recovered a stolen car less than an hour after the suspect took it. 

Police say 31-year-old Hugo Humberto Martinez-Ramirez stole a construction worker's Ford Crown Victoria near Washington Park Tuesday morning. 

Officers say while the construction worker was reporting his car stolen, he received a phone call that his car was on 2nd Avenue. 

A short time later, police say a 9-1-1 dispatcher saw the same car driving on Rose Street from 2nd Avenue.

Officers say found the car parked at the Carniceria La Barata grocery store, and arrested Martinez-Ramierez inside. 

Police say they returned the car to its owner, but an $8000 construction laser, that had been inside the car, was gone. 

Officers booked Martinez-Ramirez into the Walla Walla County Jail for possession of stolen property.

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