CDA man could face life in prison for allegedly stealing car | North Idaho News Now


A Coeur d'Alene man, accused of stealing a car in front of Kootenai Health on New Years Day, could face life in prison.

Around 9:30 pm on Jan. 1 police responded to a report of car theft at the emergency room entrance.

A man, later identified as 32-year-old Edward F. Gallagher, was reportedly sitting on a bench outside of the hospital when a Subaru Crosstrek pulled up to the entrance. The driver left the car running as they rushed into the emergency room.

Security footage allegedly shows Gallagher climbing into the driver's seat and driving away just a minute later.

Authorities say they later found the car in Post Falls with several items missing.

A judge issued a warrant for Gallagher's arrest Jan. 22 but he wasn't arrested until Mar. 25.

Five warrants have been issued for his arrest in Idaho over the past three years.

In this case, Gallagher was charged with burglary, grand theft, and grand theft of a financial instrument, which are all felonies. Prosecutors also filed a habitual offender enhancement.

He's being held on a $75,000 bail.

Gallagher was previously convicted of a felony burglary back in 2011 and 2013. A person in Idaho convicted of three felonies can be sentenced to a maximum of life imprisonment.

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