Police recover car taken during shop owner’s killing

Prince George’s County police have recovered the Audi A6 they say was taken this week during the fatal shooting of a Landover auto body shop owner, authorities said Thursday.

The car, which was stolen after Monday’s slaying of 48-year-old Keith Watson, was abandoned in the 300 block of Hillside Terrace in Landover, police said. They credited a Crime Solvers tip with helping detectives locate the car.

Police still have no suspects in the killing itself, which occurred about 1 p.m. Monday inside Watson’s auto body shop, V&W Auto Body, in the 8500 block of Rainswood Drive in Landover. Law enforcement officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they could be disciplined for discussing a current case, said detectives are not certain that stealing the car was the primary motive for the killing. Police are investigating other possibilities, the officials said.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.

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