Police: Stolen rental car used in White House bomb threat left unlocked, running

At one point a robot was used to examine the vehicle that was stolen from Roanoke and used by the man who drove up to the White house and allegedly told the guard he had a bomb, later a bomb squad technician in full gear carefully sifted through materials taken from the car (Photo: CNN Newsource)

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) - Roanoke Police say the car a Roanoke man used when he drove to the up to the White House Saturday night was stolen on St. Patrick's Day.

Police say the Enterprise rental, a black Chevy Impala with Indiana tags, was stolen in the 2400 block of Prospect Road SE just after 2:30 p.m.

Officials say three people were using the car. They say two were at the Roanoke Star overlook and the other was in the car charging her phone.

According to police, the woman left the car unlocked and running while we she went to join the others at the overlook.

The U.S. Secret Service notified Roanoke Police Sunday at 3:47 a.m. that the car was in D.C.

On Saturday night, Sean Patrick Keoughan, 29, drove up to a Secret Service checkpoint and said there was a bomb in the trunk, according to ABC News.

Authorities said Sunday that no bomb or other hazardous materials were found in the car.

Keoughan was arrested for alleged false bomb threats and unauthorized use of a vehicle, according to the police report.

"Upon contact with the individual, U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division Officers detained the individual and declared his vehicle suspicious," the statement said. "In accordance with proper protocols, Secret Service personnel increased their posture of readiness."

It was the second security-related incident near the White House on Saturday.

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