Teen arrested for car theft, escapes custody in officer's car


The Whitman County Sheriff's Office is looking for a 17-year old who escaped custody Tuesday afternoon.

Lance Anttila was arrested for Theft of a Motor Vehicle. He was booked into the Whitman County Juvenile Department in Colfax.

Whitman County Sheriff Bret Myers said he escaped around 1:00 p.m. Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the Whitman County Juvenile Department discovered one of their vehicles was missing. They believe Anttila took it, said Undersheriff Ron Rockness.

The stolen vehicle is a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu with Washington exempt plate 61452C.

Investigators released Anttila's photo in hopes of locating him.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Colfax Police Department at 509-397-4616 or the Whitman County Sheriff's Office at 509-397-6266.

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