AURORA, Colo (CBS4) – A group of thieves fled with three vehicles from a dealership late Friday afternoon and left shaken employees and bullet holes behind in the dealership building, according to the dealership police department. Aurora.
Fortunately, no employees were hit by the gunfire, APD’s Crystal McCoy told CBS4.
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One of the stolen vehicles, a black 2017 Nissan Titan pickup, is still missing. McCoy said the other two stolen vehicles were recovered. One was found in Denver.
The incident happened at Ed Bozarth Chevrolet, 2001 South Havana Street, at 6:35 p.m.
Two to three male suspects got out of a white Chevy Malibu and smashed windows in the three vehicles in the Bozarth dealership parking lot, McCoy said. After stealing boxes with keys inside the vehicles, they then left.
Eight minutes later, as dealership workers realized a crime had been committed, the Malibu returned. A suspect jumped into the Nissan Titan and drove off. The driver of the Malibu also left.
Then a silver Jeep Cherokee entered the parking lot. Three Hispanic men emerged from it, McCoy said. One of them pointed his gun at the employees of the dealership and shot them. No one was hurt.
These suspects stole a white Chevrolet Tahoe and a black Chevrolet Silverado.
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The Silverado crashed in Denver near the 1000 block of East 3rd Avenue. A suspect has been arrested there, McCoy said.
The Tahoe was then recovered.
The Titan was last seen near 32nd Avenue and Chambers Road, McCoy added. She said there was evidence the truck’s GPS system was tampered with. The truck left the dealership without a license plate.
Investigators are still compiling descriptions of suspects, McCoy said. Investigators are not yet disclosing the name of the suspect caught at the Denver crash scene.
“It’s a very complex scene and we continue to investigate,” McCoy said.
Investigators are examining a report that a Hispanic male driver of a white Malibu shot a man in the parking lot at 10400 East Evans Avenue, a short distance from the dealership. This happened about eight minutes before the incident at the dealership. This man was not injured and the incident appears random, McCoy said, but investigators are examining possible links between the two.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Aurora PD at (303) 627-3100.
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