MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Dealer’s Auto Auction and Memphis Auto Auction told Local 24 News dozens of their cars were stolen between early morning Friday, July 19 and Sunday, July 21.
Memphis Auto Auction’s general manager said he filed a police report around 3:00 a.m. He said 12 cars were stolen and the suspects cut through the back fence and drove through it.
The general manager of Memphis Auto Auction said they were able to recover seven of the 12 cars within half of a mile of the business on Old Getwell Road, but two are still missing.
Minutes after the police were taking the report of the stolen cars, officers were dispatched to an accident at Winchester and Tchulahoma.
At the scene, officers saw a black 2014 Ford Mustang and a black 2015 Dodge Journey stolen from Memphis Auto Auction. Officers also found a white 2015 Dodge Charger at Prescott and Winchester that had been stolen.
According to police reports, 22-year-old Roderick Green was arrested for attempted burglary in relation to the stolen cars from Memphis Auto Auction. In the report, police said Green was lying in the grass near the business while waiting for his friends at the “big car lot.”
During the investigation, police say Green admitted to knowing his friends were committing a crime at the car lot and was the designated lookout for them.
Memphis Auto Auction said it has increased security and it is working with police to solve this crime.
The general manager of Dealer’s Auto Auction told Local 24 News there were at least 20 people who came to the business between late Thursday evening and early Friday morning and stole 20 cars. He said they were in and out within minutes.
Dealer’s Auto Auction was burglarized again Sunday evening, but it was not disclosed how many cars were stolen. The general manager of Dealer’s Auto Auction said they have increased security and are working with police to find who all stole the cars.