Walker County Sheriff’s Office investigates vehicle thefts at dealership
WALKER COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) – “We’re in shock. We’ve been here 37 years, quiet, little town and I kind of feel like we’ve been violated,” Jenkins Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep General Sales Manager Mark Jenkins said.
A Jenkins Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep worker got to the dealership Monday morning to find a broken lock on the gate and a stolen safe.
“Then when we got here and started doing inventory, we found that we had 6 new cars stolen and two used cars stolen,” Jenkins said.
Authorities said that in a four hour crime spree thieves took Jeeps and a Charger.
The Walker County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate.
“It does appear that they left and came back on multiple occasions of course it was only maybe five or six drivers so they had to leave and come back more than one time,” Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said.
The incident is unusual for the area, but there have been cases like this before.
A similar situation happened to a dealership in Chattanooga about two years ago.
“We have found in searching that there has been other dealerships in the southeast that has experienced similar M.O.s as to this here. Not saying they’re connected, but there has been as early as this past weekend in the State of Alabama,” Sheriff Wilson said.
As of Monday night, Chattanooga Police have recovered three of the vehicles on a lot on Wilcox Blvd.
They also located two in the 600 Block of Bella Vista Drive in Chattanooga.
Authorities said that 22-year-old Corey M. Fletcher, Jr. from Chattanooga was driving one of the stolen vehicles.
He was arrested and booked into the Hamilton County Jail on a felony charge.
A $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of ones who stole the vehicles.
If you have any information on this case, contact the Walker County Sheriff’s Office