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MOUNT WASHINGTON - A Tuesday morning theft has left local auto dealership Alex Montgomery with five vehicles missing from its Highway 44 lot.
Alex Montgomery Manager Gary Allen said the vehicles were stolen in plain sight from 9000 Highway 44 East at around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning. Unfortunately, security cameras didn't catch the suspects' faces and no one has come forward with much information about the incident yet.
Mount Washington Police Det. Buddy Stump said Wednesday afternoon that he is looking for up to six suspects -- one who drove to the dealership plus up to five who drove the vehicles off the lot.
"Right now we're trying to figure out how they got the vehicles started. How did they get the keys? (Alex Montgomery) has a very high-dollar security system with those key boxes. Some of these vehicles had to have that key with the security chip to get them started," Stump said.
Allen said among the vehicles stolen was a white 2008 Ford F-150 Super Crew Pickup Truck, a silver 2006 Chevrolet SS Pickup Truck, a maroon 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer SS, a blue 2006 Dodge Charger and a black 2006 Chrysler 300.
The total value of the stolen vehicles is approximately $125,000, Allen said.
Each vehicle bore an Alex Montgomery plate but none had permanent or temporary license plates. Each also had an electronic key box that held the key to that vehicle.
Allen said the cars were parked on the retail lot and that the lot's main gate had been removed from its hinges.
"Some of (the vehicles) were sitting really close to Highway 44," Allen said. "They actually ripped the gate off its hinges to make their exits. We've got pictures of the vehicles leaving, but we just don't have any clear pictures of the people."
Allen said in order for the suspects to drive any long distance from Mount Washington, they would have had to put gas in each vehicle. Stump said according to the surveillance video, the first stolen vehicle was taken off the lot at 3:46 a.m.
"We do have a guy who actually said he saw a Chrysler 300 being drove off the lot at around 4 a.m. We think they went west bound," Stump said.
Allen said the lot has previously had problems with thefts, but this is by far the most extensive theft that has occurred.
"We have had this problem, just nothing of this magnitude," Allen said.
Anyone with information pertaining to this case should contact the Mount Washington Police Department at 538-8143 or Allen at 955-6800.