Car Thief Crashes into Panama Swamp


Panama police are looking for a young white man who allegedly stole a Camaro Friday afternoon (April 26) and crashed it into a swampy area.

The theft was reported around 1:30 p.m.

Larry Royrie, the car’s owner, had stopped by at a friend’s house and left his vehicle running outside.

“I just ran in for a minute, left the keys in the car, then I heard someone peal out,” Royrie said. “He looked out there and said, ‘Someone’s taking your car,’.”

Royrie watched as he said the suspect took off in his new black Camero. The suspect drove the car at a high rate of speed for a couple of miles before he crashed it on Williams Road after taking a curve too fast, police say.

When police arrived at the scene of the crash, they say the suspect had already managed to crawl out of the car and take off on foot.

Police called in K9 units to see if they could track the suspect’s trail. However, investigators said the dogs lost the scent.

Investigators say they have a possible suspect in mind and are now following up on leads.

If you have any information on this incident that could lead to an arrest, call the Panama Police Department at (918) 963-4600.