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Car stolen in Corning: Owner dragged short distance before suspect gets away

Police are searching for a suspect who stole a car in Corning.

According to a news release from the Corning Police Department, officers were called to a business on Baker Street after 911 dispatch reported a stolen vehicle.

A man was actively unloading items from his 2021 Hyundai Elantra while the engine was running- and keys inside the vehicle.

Police say the car owner was walking toward the car when he saw a person walk over to it and enter. They got behind the wheel, and as the owner ran up to the car, the suspect drove away.

There was a brief struggle between the owner and the suspect, which resulted in the victim being dragged a short distance.

They suffered minor injuries, according to police.

The Elantra has plate number reading DGE7242.

Anyone with information about the vehicle theft is asked to call (607) 962-0340 ext. 1500.