AKRON, Ohio — Three 2023 Mercedes-Benz model cars were stolen from the Ganley Mercedes-Benz on E. Market Street in Akron Thursday morning around 7:15 a.m., according to Akron Police.
Officers responded to a call for a break-in at the dealership Thursday morning and arrived at the scene to find broken glass and other evidence of forced entry, according to a news release from Akron Police. It was determined that several keys were taken and the three cars were stolen.
With help from Cleveland area law enforcement, further investigation led detectives to Cleveland to recover two of the three cars. The cars were abandoned in Cleveland in the Forest Hills area on Helena and Elgin Avenues, police said.
No one was arrested, but Lt. Michael Miller said detectives are following leads.
"We are on the heels of the people responsible and we want to hold them accountable for the decisions they've made," Miller said.
This is the fourth break-in at a high-end car dealership that has occurred in the Northeast Ohio area in recent weeks. Detectives from multiple jurisdictions are working together to determine if the crimes are related.
Similar crimes have taken place in Strongsville, Chardon and at BMW of Akron.
"One of the things that detectives are trying to do is determine how these cases are interconnected," Miller said.
The Cleveland and Akron agencies of the FBI gave News 5 the following joint statement in regard to their involvement in the investigation:
Local law enforcement partners are the primary responding entities. The FBI is poised to assist if we receive a request from our partners. However, our law enforcement partners often have the resources and specialized skills they need to investigate a matter and do not involve the FBI unless they develop information to suggest a violation of federal law.
There have not been any arrests made in Thursday's break-in. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2Tip.
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