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Two luxury vehicles stolen from dealership, police say

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two men worked together to steal two brand-new luxury vehicles off a Charleston car dealership lot on Monday night, police said.

Charleston Police Sgt. Tony Hazelett said one man entered Smith Company Motors on Corridor G at 6 p.m. and waited until employees were distracted before stealing keys from two in-vehicle keyboards.

At 8 p.m., another man walked onto the lot and allegedly installs stolen West Virginia license plates onto two luxury vehicles. The men drove off 12 minutes later in a white 2013 Jaguar XJ sedan and a white 2013 Land Rover SUV, Hazelett said. The stolen license plates are "2CL 625" and "9TB 965."

Hazelett said the stolen Land Rover was later spotted traveling south on Interstate 77 toward Beckley. A white male suspect was captured on cameras going through a tollbooth near Pax, he said. Hazelett said the suspect traveled through all three tollbooths on Interstate 77 and stopped for gas at some point.

Hazelett described one suspect as a black male with a tattoo on his left forearm. He is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. The second suspect is described as a white male wearing a tan hat, blue jeans and a black shirt.

He is about 6 feet tall and weighs about 170 pounds. Security cameras outside filmed the theft, Hazelett said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Charleston Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480.


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