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Kissimmee car dealership recovers stolen vehicle after arrest

Salesman says group of 5 suspects stole 4 cars

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A Lexus was returned to the Kissimmee dealership from which it was stolen on Wednesday, according to salesman Humberto Santiago.

Orlando police said it responded to a stolen vehicle investigation near College Park. The suspect was taken into custody.​

"This was a lock box right here. They yanking it up and down up and down, that's what they did," said Santiago, pointing out the damage to the stolen vehicle.

The dealership, Marvin Motors, keeps lock boxes attached to the vehicles' windows. Santiago said that in the early morning hours, a group of five suspects stole four cars.

Surveillance video shows the suspects first eyeing the vehicles, then attempting to smash open the lock boxes.

One of the suspects is seen covering his face, but then looks straight into the camera.

The surveillance video shows the suspects ducking behind the cars while patrol cars drove past on Orange Blossom Trail.

Eventually, the five men jumped into four vehicles and sped out of the parking lot, nearly missing another patrol vehicle headed up the road.

"Oh, man. It was frustrating to see these guys doing that," Santiago said. "This is our place of work. This is, what we have here, is what we sell so we can make money. It's our work. It's hard work what we do here every single day."

Santiago said that he's thankful for the quick actions from law enforcement and is hopeful the other stolen vehicles will be returned as well.

"One down, three to go. Hopefully, the last time that we can imagine," said Santiago.

Marvin Motors said it is planning on changing its safety procedures and will no longer keep the lock boxes attached to the vehicles' windows.

Anyone who knows more about the vehicle thefts are asked to call the Osceola County Sheriff's Office at 407-348-2222 or remain anonymous by calling Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477). ​


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