After going missing early this morning, Delaware Sen. Chris Coons’ stolen SUV was located by police in Wilmington.
Coons' wife was in for an unpleasant surprise when she left the family car warming up outside their Delaware home and returned to find it was gone.
Police told NBC10 Philadelphia at around 5 p.m. that they located the missing SUV along with another missing vehicle near the intersection of 5th and Cleveland Streets in Wilmington. When police cut off the vehicles, police said six to eight people bailed out of the two vehicles and fled.
The senator and his family are OK, Coons spokesman Sean Coit said. Coons had already left for the day when the theft took place.
Around 7 p.m. a statement from Senator Coons and his wife was posted to the Senator's official twitter account expressing gratitude to the Wilmington Police Department for recovering their stolen SUV and the other stolen vehicle.
The Delaware Democrat's family SUV was stolen from his Wilmington home. Wilmington police spokeswoman Sgt. Andrea Janvier said the black Ford Explorer with at least one Coons sticker on the back was stolen Thursday morning after it was left running with the keys in the ignition.
Janvier said details were broadcast to all units shortly after the incident and then entered into a state system that alerts all jurisdictions in the area.
The senator had a "sweet" sense of humor about the theft.
Police said it's legal in Delaware to warm your car on your own property but they advise against doing it.
No arrests were made in the recovery of the Senator's SUV, and police said it sustained no apparent damage.