Customer cars stolen from dealership

Dan Smith

Jonesboro, Ark. Three cars were stolen, according to Jonesboro police.

"Several car dealerships have been broken into in the last few months. All over the Mid-South," Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott said.

Three cars were stolen, along with about $400 and thousands of dollars in tools. Tools included his four tablets used for vehicle diagnostics. This slows down the speed at which vehicles can be repaired in service departments.

"They stole the car, they got the keys, they got the cash register, which means they beat us well," said service manager Brandon Carter.

With endless access to social media and online videos, learning has never been easier.

Some people take advantage of this with videos that can teach them how to hotwire or how to choose locks with ease. "I mean, we're talking about how to steal a car in three minutes," Carter said.

Tracking down these vehicles and keys was a difficult task for the store. Due to miscommunication, your name and number have been lost.

Carter understands the frustration, but his team tracks keys around the clock.

"If I were a customer, I would be frustrated too. I mean, we're doing our best. I mean, I know it's frustrating," Carter said.

The key was hanging on the key rack behind the locked door. According to the dealer, this door was kicked in and is where an intruder was able to steal dozens of keys.

"It's a problem. We know it's a problem. Every dealer in town knows it's a problem," Carter said.

Jonesboro police are still investigating the incident.

Carter recommends calling the dealership if you or someone you know has a vehicle currently being serviced by Cavenaugh Hyundai.