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Several vehicles stolen from Brevard Ford dealership

Possible connection to car thefts in Titusville, Polk County

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COCOA, Fla. – Several vehicles were stolen early Tuesday from a dealership in Brevard County in what appears to be a string of robberies in Central Florida.

The theft happened around 4:50 a.m. at Paradise Ford at 1360 W. King St. in Cocoa.

According to police, an alarm indicated motion inside the showroom, and a 911 caller reported moments later seeing several individuals taking vehicles from the dealership.

"There's guys running around in the parking lot and they're driving off with cars," said the caller. "They're in the front, cars are coming out."

The witness followed a stolen black Mustang, but lost the vehicle, police said. A short time later, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office reported that a 2016 red Ford Focus crashed into a deputy patrol car near West King Street and Grissom Parkway. A vehicle involved in the crash was later confirmed stolen from Paradise Ford, but the occupants fled north in three other unidentified vehicles, according to police. 

Cocoa police said three stolen vehicles, including one left at Paradise Ford that was stolen Monday from a Polk County dealership, have been recovered.  Two other vehicles stolen from Paradise Ford have been recovered, one in Orange County and another left abandoned in the area of state roads 407 and 528, police said.

"Right now our detectives are comparing notes with Polk County and the sheriff's office and Titusville because Titusville apparently had similar incidents," said Yvonne Martinez, spokeswoman for Cocoa Police.

Martinez is referring to thieves stealing cars earlier this year from Titusville dealers like Pat Fischer Nissan, Ron Norris Ford, and the Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership on U.S. 1.

"They're on the run for now, but we're pretty confident we'll be able to get them identified and get them arrested," said Martinez.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Central Florida Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.


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