Vehicle stolen

A vehicle was stolen from a residence on Waverly Drive in Rossville Dec. 28 while the owner was waiting for it to warm up. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

A vehicle was stolen from in front of a residence on Waverly Drive in Rossville on Dec. 28 after the owner left the car unattended for a few minutes to let it warm up, police say.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department, the theft occurred on the morning of Thursday, Dec. 28, between 7:20 and 7:48 a.m.

Waverly Drive is located in the neighborhood behind Lake Winnepesaukah.

The resident told police she started her silver 2000 Toyota Celica to let it warm up, and that it was taken a few minutes later.

"She stated the car was parked in her yard by the street and was unlocked," Deputy Doug Licklider said.

It appears as though the passerby ditched one mode of transportation for a better one, as a BMX bicycle was found in the middle of the street close to where the vehicle had been parked.

The victim described the car as having a sunshine decal on the back window of the vehicle and several collegiate stickers on the rear of the car.

Anyone with information about the theft or the missing vehicle is encouraged to contact the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department at 706-935-2424.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at