Two local dealerships in Manchester have had cars stolen from their lots recently.
At Lawrence Family Motors they discovered missing keys about 2 months and thought they were misplaced. On Monday (April 27) morning the owners discovered a red 2012 Hyundai Veloster missing from the dealership. The Hyundai has around 30,000 miles and valued at nearly $17,000.
In a surveillance video, an unknown subject walked onto the lot Monday morning around 7:15am. The person used what appeared to be a key-fob (original key) got into the vehicle and left. As the vehicle traveled north on the Hillsboro Blvd., it appears that a dark colored small truck, maybe a Ford Ranger, followed closely behind.
Also on Monday Officer Daniel Ray responded to Roberts Nissan about a breach of trust vehicle. An employee at the dealership said he rented a 2014 Nissan Sentra to a Lucas Van Strickland on April 18. The car was supposed to be returned in 2 days. Apparently several calls had been made to reach Strickland but they got no answer. The man used an Ascend Credit Union card to rent the Nissan valued at $18,000. Investigator Chief Billy Butler checked with the credit union. Strickland does have an account at the bank, but the number on the card does not match the account.
Since Strickland lives in Bedford County, Investigator Jason Kennedy was contacted and is now on the lookout for the vehicle.
If you have any information on either one of the cases, please contact the Manchester Police Department at 728-2099.