Police find House clerk’s stolen vehicle


Police find House clerk’s stolen vehicle

Atlanta police have recovered House Clerk Bill Reilly’s vehicle that was stolen from alongside the state Capitol on Monday.

Reilly told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that his beloved 1993 Chevy Suburban was found Wednesday.

According to the Atlanta Police Department, the vehicle was found at 1176 Windsor St. at 7:04 p.m. The driver’s side window was broken and the ignition had been hot-wired. It was towed to the city’s impound lot.

Reilly left his Capitol office on Monday around 2:30 p.m., ready to drive to the airport for a flight west into ski country. But his car, nicknamed the “War Wagon,” which he left parked at the curb on the east side of the Gold Dome, was gone.

All that remained was shattered glass. Gone were the high-performance ski equipment, cameras, tools and other belongings stored in the back, but thieves apparently did not find the handgun Reilly kept inside. The weapon was also recovered, he said.

Surveillance video obtained by the AJC shows two men police believe stole the car. Click here to see the video. The pair can be seen walking south on Capitol Avenue toward Mitchell Street around 2:15 p.m. Reilly parks at that corner. At 2:23 p.m. the video shows the Suburban pull into traffic on Capitol Avenue headed north toward Martin Luther King Drive.

Reilly parks about four spaces behind Speaker David Ralston and five behind Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle — both of whom are assigned state-owned SUVs and state troopers as drivers.

The theft of Reilly’s vehicle comes just more than two years after the State Patrol beefed up security and a created a new post on Capitol Hill following a 2012 carjacking.

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