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When Festus Police officers responded to a report about a stolen vehicle, they found the car right away, but it hadn’t been stolen. Instead, it had rolled down a hill and crashed into a house on Valentine Street, Police Chief Tim Lewis said.

Lewis said it was miraculous no one was injured in the incident, which occurred about 5:20 a.m. June 13.

“It started in the 300 block of Hickory Street,” he said. “We got a call in reference to a stolen vehicle, a 2015 Nissan Altima. The man said he was warming up his car and went back inside to get something he forgot. When he got back, it was gone and he called it (the suspected theft) in.

“Our officers arrived and started a house-to-house canvass and found the car in a house on Valentine Street.”

Lewis said it looked like the car rolled down a steep hill on Hickory Street and managed to roll between two houses in the 1100 block of Huber Street and then continued through yards until it crashed into the house in the 1000 block of Valentine Street.

“There was one man in the house who said he heard a boom, but thought it was a crash on the highway (nearby I-55),” Lewis said. “He was sleeping. He didn’t know there was a car in his house until he came down to answer the door when officers knocked.

“There was extensive damage to the car and there is a large hole in the back of the house.”

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