at fireworks stand / A8
By Elane Jones
Officials with the Jasper Police Department are almost certain the theft that occurred over the weekend at Carl Cannon Chevy Buick GM Cadillac Dealership in Jasper is the work of professional thieves because of the way the crime was committed.
Police officials said the crime appeared to be well rehearsed and well executed.
“Because of the way this crime was perpetrated, we immediately began looking at other jurisdictions to see if there were similar incidents of this nature,” Jasper Police Chief Connie Rowe said. “We found that a similar crime had been reported at a car dealership in the Atlanta area and more recently — since our incident in fact — a very similar incident was reported in Louisiana.”
Rowe said detectives with the Jasper Police Department are now looking into the likelihood that the three crimes may be connected.
According to JPD investigators, the thieves in the Carl Cannon burglary made off with an estimated $70,000 in tires and rims from 10 different vehicles.
The crime was caught on tape, however.
“We believe the theft occurred between the hours of 11 p.m. Saturday night and 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning. When we watched the surveillance tape it showed a Jeep driving into the dealership’s lot around 11, but it left a few minutes later,” Jasper Police Detective Sgt. Jimmy Vann said. “But the tape then showed the exact same Jeep returning again around 1 a.m. Sunday. A large box truck followed the jeep a short time later and the two vehicles were then seen leaving the premises about an hour and a half later.”
Jasper Police are asking for the public’s help in solving this crime. The car dealership is well-lit and visible from I-22. “We believe someone may have saw something without even realizing it. You know, you see people car shopping all the time, but not at 2 o’clock in the morning and with a big box truck,” Rowe said. “The car dealership sits next to the new Love’s Truck Stop, so we’re hoping that maybe someone there saw something or maybe someone has some information that could help us solve this case.”
Anyone with any information, should call the Jasper Police Department at 205- 221-6790.