Pictured above is a stock photo of a Dodge Demon, similar to the $125,000, 840-horsepower vehicle stolen from C&N Motors in Marysville early this morning. (Photo submitted)
Three cars stolen from local dealership; elude law enforcement after chase
Law enforcement officials are asking for the public’s help locating what they believe to be an organized car theft ring.
Marysville Division of Police Deputy Chief Tony Brooks said that about 3:15 a.m. today, police received an alarm notification from C & N Motor Cars LLC., 15769 Watkins Rd in Marysville. The alarm indicated motion inside the building. When investigators arrived, they found broken glass at the business and vehicles missing. Brooks said it appears that several individuals drove to the dealership in a gray Dodge Ram, reported stolen out of Bellefontaine two days ago.
The alleged thieves broke the showroom glass and took a purple 2018 Dodge Demon, valued at $125,000, a red 2017 Jeep Wrangler, valued at $30,000, and a black 2007 Dodge Magnum, valued at $15,000.
“The vehicles were inside, on the showroom floor,” Brooks said. “The keys were with the vehicles.”
He said the vehicles drove out of the building through what was remaining of the glass.
At 3:20 a.m., the Ohio State Highway Patrol initiated a vehicle pursuit with the three stolen vehicles on U.S. 33 eastbound, near Dublin.
Brooks said the suspects “eluded capture” but he did not have details of the chase except that the Dodge Ram, believed to be used in the crime, was found at the U.S. 33 eastbound rest area by the Union County Sheriff’s Office shortly after the incident.
Brooks said it appears the Ram “became disabled and was abandoned.”
The case remains under investigation by the Marysville Division of Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
“It appears to be an organized group,” Brooks said. “I believe some other communities have had some similar thefts.”
He added that he believes detectives have “developed a suspect.”
Officials are asking anyone with information about this incident or the suspects involved to contact Detective Dennis Flanagan at (937) 645-7300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.