Stolen $68,000 Corvette recovered, but totaled

$68,000 Corvette stolen from Jonesboro car dealer
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - UPDATE: Jonesboro police say the vehicle was recovered by Arkansas State Police around the West Memphis area.

They say the car was found wrecked, but the driver was nowhere to be found.

Mike Ashford, a manager with Central Chevrolet, said something like this does not happen often.

"Really in a case like this there's not much the salesman could have done because the guy acted real legitimate," Ashford said. "It's just one of them things that happens. You'll run into this every 4 or 5 years in the business."

Ashford said they do not look at making changes to their day to day work because of this incident.

He said the vehicle is totaled and will be sent to the insurance company.

A man shopping for cars decided a $68,000 Corvette was out of his price range. But, Jonesboro police say that didn't stop him from driving off in one.

A salesperson at Central Chevrolet, 3207 S. Stadium, reported Wednesday he had shown the man a black, two-door hardtop 2016 Chevy Corvette valued at $68,365.

While discussing the price, the suspect reportedly decided it was priced too high for what he wanted to spend and walked over to look at the Camaros.

While he and the salesperson walked toward the other cars, the suspect—described as a well-dressed young, African-American male—asked to look at the Corvette's key fob, the initial incident report stated.

When the salesperson opened his hand, the suspect grabbed the fob from him, ran to the Corvette and drove off.

According to the report, the man was last seen heading south on Interstate 555.

Officer Owen Smith contacted an OnStar representative who said they would start the tracking process and apply an engine block so it could not be restarted once it shut off.

Smith also entered the vehicle's description into the NCIC/ACIC as stolen.

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Posted by Region 8 News on Thursday, July 21, 2016

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