BLAINE - It is not unusual for police to recover stolen vehicles after thieves take the cars for a joyride.
But a 3,400-mile joyride?
In maybe as little as two days?
That's the puzzle that began July 2 when Blaine Police found a black 2012 Jeep Patriot with Florida license plates parked on the street outside of Umpqua Bank, 271 H St.
The Jeep was reported to the Miami Police Department as stolen sometime between June 30 and July 1.
According to Google Maps, the trip from Miami to Blaine takes around 50 hours to complete - if you drive straight through.
Police found some clothing inside. The exterior had minor damage to the passenger-side fender.
But who was inside and why they made the cross-country journey remains a mystery. Were they fleeing to Canada? Did they just drive until they reached the border and realized they couldn't cross in a stolen car? Did someone in Florida just really need to get to Blaine?
Meanwhile, Blaine Towing has the Jeep and is trying to contact the owner to send it back home, all 3,400 miles.
ROAD TRIP: MIAMI TO BLAINE IN A STOLEN JEEP
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