Denison Police arrested two people Thursday night after they allegedly stole a vehicle that was left running while the owner helped a family member into the emergency room at Texoma Medical Center.


Lt. Mike Eppler said, shortly before 6:30 p.m., officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle at the hospital, which sits along the 5000 block of northbound U.S. Highway 75. Eppler said the owner of the car parked his vehicle near the emergency room entrance and exited the vehicle with his ailing wife.


“He was taking his wife to the hospital for a medical emergency and left the vehicle running so he can help get her inside the building,” Eppler said. “When he comes out, he sees his vehicle being driven off.”


Eppler said witnesses provided officers with a possible location where the car could be located. The Denison Police lieutenant said officers found the vehicle sometime later in the 600 block of East Morton Street and arrested a 41-year-old-woman and a 43-year-old man, both on a felony charge of theft greater than $2,500.


Eppler said while the department does not often receive reports of vehicles being stolen at hospital emergency rooms, motorists who intend to leave their vehicle should always remove their keys when possible.


“Just turn the engine off and take the keys,” Eppler said. “It doesn’t take but just a second to do that and it’s certainly what we recommend.”