Crimetracker: Surveillance video released of Alcoa car thefts

By: Hilary Magacs Email
By: Hilary Magacs Email
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ALCOA. Tenn. (WVLT) -- Surveillance video of a car theft at a dealership has been released.

The videos shows a van pulling up to David Justus Auto Center early Monday morning.

Five guys pile out of the back of the van seemingly unaware they're being watched.

The side of the van says Ace Heating, Cooling, Plumbing.

Police say the group stole a green Jeep Commander, a blue Dodge pickup and a gold Mazda.

If you recognize these men or the van, call police.

Workers at Doug Justus Auto Center are still shocked by what happened. They said security footage shows a white van pulling into the lot around 1:30 a.m Monday.

"Five guys got out of it, they walked around and took a mazda, a Jeep Commander and a Dodge truck," said Katie Rollings, who works at Doug Justus Auto Center.

They said the van had distinctive markings on it and said the men weren't even wearing masks. For now, they're withholding the video, but said police have a lot to work with.

"As far as the people who walked in, we got a pretty good view of all of them," said lot manager Hunter Hancock.

The stolen cars are worth about $20,000 all together, but the thieves also caused other problems when they pushed the Mazda between two other cars to steal it.

"It scratched the bumper and give it a nice little crack," said Hancock.

All of the cars on the lot have lockboxes on them. That's how the crooks got the keys to the vehicles they stole.

"Essentially, you have to roll down the window to get the lockboxes off, so they busted out the window, which freed up the lockbox," said Hancock.

- a system he said will be changing soon. In the meantime, Alcoa Police are working to track the van and find the thieves.

The men stole a green Jeep Commander, a blue Dodge Ram pickup truck and a gold Mazda 3. If you have any information, call Alcoa Police.

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