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Waverly suspects hitchhike; accidentally ask police for ride

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -

Solving a crime shouldn't be this easy.

Two people accused of stealing a car in Waverly end up needing a ride themselves.

But they asked the wrong people for help.

On Monday, Waverly Detective Troy Schneider and Officer Cory Stephens were near Osage. 

That's where a car that had been reported stolen was found.

After collecting evidence in Osage, the two officers headed back to Waverly. 

While on Highway 218, that's when something strange happened.

The officers were driving in an unmarked police car. Two hitchhikers flagged them down, asking for a ride.

"I saw the two come out of the ditch, and I kind of nudged him and said wouldn't it be funny if these were our suspects," Officer Stephens said. 

It turns out, they were.

"When I stepped out in my uniform, they put two and two together that maybe we weren't the best people to stop and ask for help," Officer Stephens said. 
 

The cops recognized the hitchhikers. They were Daryl Shea and Kole Brodigan of Waverly.

Shea was wearing a shirt that police believe he got from the stolen vehicle. 

The shirt said Herb Green Ford, which is the dealership the stolen car came from. 

The  car's owner also said that shirt was in the back seat of his car when it was stolen. 

Police say Shea and Brodigan also had the stolen car keys on them. They're stories about why they were hitchhiking weren't adding up. 

Shea and Brodigan are now in jail, charged with theft. 

The owner of the stolen vehicle has now been reunited with his car. He says he's very grateful because he's a Wartburg student living in Waverly, but he works in Cedar Falls. He depends on that car for work.

He's also very grateful to police for being so hardworking and pleasant to work with. 

The car that was stolen was a 2007 Ford 500. 

The owner of the stolen car says this story should also be an important reminder to always lock your car.

He says although his car was in his driveway, it was unlocked when it was stolen. The keys were sitting somewhere by the dashboard. 

KWWL asked why did the suspects ended up needing a ride. 

Police say they ran out of gas near Osage, and ditched the car there.

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