Monday night, an alert employee at Volvo of Brentwood spotted a man stealing a dealership plate.
“He proceeds to tell him exactly what he’s doing. ‘I’m stealing a license plate,’” Maplewood Police Detective Michael Gilb said.
The unapologetic suspect was not alone. When the employee approached him, a second man appeared and lifted his shirt, implying he was carrying a weapon.
The men fled from the lot in a 2008 to 2010 silver Chrysler 300. The employee was not injured. Police continue to investigate.
In all, the suspects stole a handful of plates.
Detectives were called to the dealership several days earlier for what appears to be a related crime.
“They cut several wires that lead to the surveillance,” Gilb said.
Surveillance pictures from March 27 show a man wearing red pants in the back lot. He is seen entering a newer model of a red Chevy Cruz with Illinois license plates.
“It’s a very unique cases to where both of these incidents are most likely linked together,” Gilb said.
The stolen dealership plates have been entered in the law enforcement database as stolen. If an officer comes across the plates and runs them, they will register as stolen, Gilb explained.
Anyone with information about the theft or property damage should contact Maplewood police.