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Lawton Car Dealership Burglarized

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LAWTON Okla_ Lawton police say someone stole a car overnight from a dealership on Cache Road, and workers think they might have a lead on the thief.

It happened at Cache Road Credit auto, near Sheridan. Police say it appears the thief broke into the office, found a key, and then drove off with an $8,000 car. They said there was some suspicious activity Monday from a man who was in and out of the dealership all day. So, he's their prime suspect. For this business, it's just the latest, and most expensive, hit by a criminal.

"It doesn't make me feel good," Cache Road Credit Auto employee Jamar Lockhart said. "The Lawton that I knew was not like this with a whole lot of vandalism."

Cache Road Credit Auto employees are not new to the work of vandals and thieves, but they were not expecting to be greeted Tuesday with a broken window and missing vehicle.

"It is not the first time that we have faced any type of vandalism, but it is the first time that we have actually had a vehicle stolen from the lot," Lockhart said.

Around 2:30 AM Tuesday, the burglar alarm went off. That's when police say the thief broke a window and reached in to unlock the door. Once inside, the thief located the keys and left in the vehicle. In seven years, the dealership has been hit numerous times, causing employees to wonder if the business is being targeted.

"I think that about half of it would be random, but I do think that we are targeted as being one of the only car dealerships real close to this corner of Cache and Sheridan," Lockhart said. "It is almost like we are an easy target."

From slashed tires to broken windows and stolen electronics, recent vandalism and thefts led to high costs for the lot's owner.

"It is a major impact," Lockhart said. "We have spent over $26,000 and $27,000 within the last seven years. Somebody has to pay for that, whether it's the insurance deductibles or us coming out of our pocket. It's a big hit for us."

Within the last hour, Lawton police tracked down the stolen car in the Walmart parking lot on 67th and Quanah Parker Trailway. Somehow, the man who was driving got away from police briefly, but was captured after running toward a residential area. 

Cache Road Credit Auto hopes that surveillance video from a nearby business will provide them with an image of the thief who broke into the dealership, and police could compare that with the man they just arrested.

 

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