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5 cars stolen from local dealership
Two vehicles recovered later in Bloomingdale
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      Police are investigating the theft of five cars from a South Main Street automobile dealership early Tuesday morning.
      Bill Long, the general manager of Vaden Nissan, said someone “cut a hole in a garage door” and removed keys from a secured area, then drove off with five cars that were in the service area to be checked before being placed on the sales lot.
      According to Statesboro police incident reports, Bloomingdale police contacted Statesboro police around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday after recovering two of the stolen cars in Bloomingdale.
      Bloomingdale officers involved in the recovery of the cars were not immediately available for comment Tuesday.
Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner did not immediately return phone calls and messages seeking information about the incident Tuesday.
      Long said Vaden Nissan officials were notified early Tuesday morning by Statesboro police regarding the thefts.
      The cars were all stolen at one time, he said, taken from the service area behind the dealership office.
      “They were in line for pre-delivery inspection,” Long said, where mechanics check fluids and other points before placing the cars on the sales lot.
      The cars recovered in Bloomingdale were a 2012 Nissan Sentra and a 2011 Ford Fusion, according to police reports.
      Reports listed the name of a driver of one vehicle, but it was unclear Tuesday whether that man had been arrested. Long said he was “underage,” and Chatham County Jail records Tuesday did not list an inmate by that name. Bloomingdale police did not have a report on file regarding the incident Tuesday afternoon.
      “We don’t normally see this kind of stuff in Statesboro,” Long said. “We think the people (involved in the thefts) are not from around here.”
      Statesboro police Cpl. Nicholas Davis responded to the scene Tuesday morning and later turned the investigations over to police detectives, according to reports.
      Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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