Fire early Sunday morning in the Town of Leray destroyed a vehicle that had been stolen, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Although the press release from the department does not make any connection, Sunday's fire marks the third time in just over a week a vehicle was stolen, and which ended up on fire in the Town of Leray.

Sunday's fire occured on Virginia Smith Drive, just after midnight. A vehicle stolen from Route 11 was on fire, and witnesses saw a white male get out.

The press release states the male is between 5 feet 9 inches tall and six feet tall, with close cropped, dark hair. He was last seen running through the Wood Creek Apartment complex, and was wearing khaki shorts, dark sneakers, dark colored gloves and no shirt.

He ran into the woods.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Paige Taylor at 315-786-2601, reference case number 13S008969.

According to the press release, a bicycle that had been stolen from a shed near where the vehicle was stolen was recovered from the side of Route 11, where the vehicle was stolen.

Last weekend, state police investigated the theft of two vehicles in northern Jefferson County, both of which ended up on fire in the Town of Leray. (Read our earlier coverage here.)

The Calcium fire department and a Jefferson County fire investigator responded to Sunday's fire, along with the sheriff's department.