Police went to Maserati of Cleveland at 6:59 p.m. Jan. 18th regarding the theft of a 2020 Range Rover Velar. It was taken on a test drive and never returned.
The salesperson told the officer that at 1:15 p.m. that day, a man came into the dealership and asked to look at the car. The salesperson drove it upfront and asked the man if he wanted to drive it.
The man said he did not have his license on him, but he would send an email with his temporary Ohio license to the salesman. The salesman used that form of identification as proper credentials to allow the test drive.
The man drove the car away and did not return. Police were then contacted. They believed they knew the identity of the man, who lived in Brook Park, but they decided not to contact him yet due to the sensitivity of the investigation.
The suspect had an active felony warrant in Cleveland for jumping bail on an original charge of grand theft.
The car, which was valued at $50,000, had a dealer’s license plate on it. It was entered into the system as stolen. The incident was forwarded to the detective’s bureau for further investigation.
The next day, an officer went to the dealership to administer a photo lineup. The salesperson identified the suspected man as the one who took the car. The officer on Jan. 20 met with a Cleveland police unit at West 41st Street, where the stolen car had been found parked on the street. It was locked.
The car was towed to an impound lot where it was placed into an indoor secured building.