ALCOA, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Doug Justus Auto Center installed surveillance cameras about a year ago. Turns out, it was a great investment. The cameras captured a white van pulling up to the lot early Monday morning.
"Five Hispanic males got out of the back of the van. They were on the lot for about 30, 40 minutes and they left with three vehicles," said Detective Jeff Parsons, with the Alcoa Police Department.
They drove off with a green Jeep Commander, a gold Mazda 3i and a blue Dodge Ram pickup truck.
"What they did is they broke the windows and were able to get the lockboxes on the vehicles. Get into those lockboxes, get the keys and drive away," said Parsons.
The crooks were brazen: none of the men were wearing masks, and the van had distinctive markings on it.
Police made a break in the case when they called the phone number listed on the side of the van.
"It was very distinctive because it had still a logo of a company from the side of it. That company had gotten rid of that vehicle because it was previously wrecked. But we were able to follow up with that company. Who they sold it to, and get the identification number from the vehicle to figure out who it belongs to now," said Parsons.
The van's current owner lives near Lousiville, Kentucky. Officers believe all of the men might be from there and are working hard to catch the thieves.
If you have any information, call Alcoa Police at (865) 380-4959.
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