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Car caper leaves damage at dealership

SoVaNow.com / October 03, 2012
A car stolen from an auto dealership in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. ended up in the Hardee Ford parking lot in South Hill after a thief apparently tried to steal another vehicle from the local dealership.

Police are still trying to piece together all of the details at this time and have no suspect in the vandalism — Hardee Ford sustained damages in the episode — or the Roanoke Rapids auto theft.

According to Steve Holliday, general manager of Bones Toyota of Roanoke Rapids, the car, a Pontiac Solstice, was left at the Bones lot for repair.

Early Thursday morning, South Hill police received a call about a vandalism and destruction of property as the east side glass doors of the Hardee building had apparently been backed into by the Pontiac.

According to the police report, the car was found near the building with broken glass on the hood of the vehicle and around the show room.

The keys to a BMW were taken from the overnight drop box at Hardee Ford, but it appears the would-be thief became spooked because the license plates were removed but the car was left in the parking lot.

Holliday said that a representative from the South Hill Police department contacted Bones last Thursday morning to let them know that there was a vehicle at Hardee Ford that was involved in a vandalism and stolen from the Bones’ lot.

Holliday said that someone broke into their dealership and took the overnight box where customers leave their keys for the service department to take care of their vehicles.

It is unclear if the two incidents are related, but on Friday morning police received a call saying that a Chevy Tahoe owned by Tammy Watson was stolen from a local service station. The vehicle was left overnight and the SUV’s keys were taken when the drop box was removed at the service station and the thief totaled the vehicle.

South Hill Police are not saying whether or not the two cases are linked and are releasing very few details as of press time.







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