Car dealerships target of thieves, not the cars

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) "We had other items that were accessible by hand that you could have put in a car or a truck, motorcycle and they did not pick those items up," said Fletcher Dodge Chrysler Jeep General Manager, Gabe Gossett.

Gossett says  the person or persons who broke into the dealership late last week had sights set on one thing.

"They were not looking for vehicles, they were not looking for titles, they were strictly looking for cash," said Gossett.

Gossett says cash lost and damages to the dealership total roughly 15 thousand dollars--the majority is from damages.

"They were looking for cash whether it was in desk drawers, behind locked doors, or the instances where the safes had been broken into," said Roy Coleman, with the Jonesboro Police Department.

Coleman says early last week, thieves hit the Honda dealership in Jonesboro and again, police say, the safe was damaged.

Now Jonesboro Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

"Each call will be researched," said Coleman.

Trumann Police detectives say they are also investigating a similar incident at the Wood Ford dealership.

The general manager there says fortunately nothing was taken, but they've since installed a new security system and upgraded the locks.  Investigators at both JPD and TPD say they'll work together to get these crimes solved.

"Any information that we can gather and compile to affect an arrest on this is the route we'll take," said Coleman.

For Gabe Gossett he says he's never dealt with anything like this to this magnitude.

"Obviously we have parking lot theft, but not usually within the dealership," said Gossett.

Gossett says Mr. Fletcher is also offering a ten thousand dollar cash reward to the person who offers information leading to an arrest and conviction.

He adds they have enhanced their security,  including changing all of the locks on the doors.  If you have any information, you are urged to call JPD or you can call Crimestoppers at 935-STOP.

Again, both departments say they'll work together to determine if all of these crimes are connected.

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