NWGA Scanner | March 8th, 2021

A safe and eight vehicles stolen from Jenkins Dodge in LaFayette

According to Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson, on Monday evening, authorities have recovered some of the stolen vehicles. Two were located in the area of the 600 block of Bella Vista Drive in Chattanooga. Chattanooga Police and Walker County detectives have been working through the evening following leads. Corey M. Fletcher, Jr., 22, of a Chattanooga address, was found to be driving one of the stolen vehicles. Fletcher was arrested and booked into the Hamilton County Jail on a felony charge. According to Whitfield County arrest reports, Flethcer was arrested by DPD last year for felony theft by receiving stolen vehicle. The five recovered stolen vehicles were being hauled to LaFayette for processing. Three vehicles remain unaccounted for as of late Monday night. The sheriff said between 12:50 and 6:00 a.m. on Monday, a Chrysler vehicle with five people entered the dealership parking lot. All individuals went to the rear of the service department, where they made entry into the dealership by prying a rear door open. Once inside the building, the thieves accessed the keys to eight vehicles parked on the car lot. Evidence reveals that all eight vehicles left the dealership going north on U.S. Highway 27. The suspects returned multiple times to the dealership in order to remove the vehicles.

The vehicles that were stolen were:

    – a red 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

    – a silver 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

    – a white 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

    – a green 2020 Dodge Challenger

    – a green 2021 Jeep Wrangler Sport

    – a silver 2020 Jeep Wrangler Sport

    – a green 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

    – a purple 2021 Jeep Wrangler Sport

A $2,500 reward is being offered by Jenkins Chrysler Jeep Dodge and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office for information that leads to the recovery of the vehicles and the arrest and conviction of the responsible parties. Any information should be directed to Det. Sgt. Walt Hensley 706-639-0839 or whensley@walkerso.com