Driver drops vehicle off at tire shop and returns to find stolen custom audio system

The owner of a vehicle returning to pick it up after being repaired at a tire shop in Fayetteville discovered that items worth a total of $3,000 had been stolen.

Fayetteville Police Department spokesman Jeff Harris said officers arrived Sept. 19 at the Banks Crossing tire store on Highway 85 north of Ga to pick up the incoming auto report.

The vehicle owner said he dropped the vehicle off for repairs on September 6 and returned on September 19. Among the items stolen were a touchscreen radio audio system, a laptop computer and an amplifier, with a total value of $3,000, Harris said.

The manager said the vehicle was locked while in the parking lot, Harris said, also noting that the vehicle showed no signs of damage and no forced entry.

There have been three other inbound auto incidents in Fayetteville over the past week.

One was reported Sept. 20 at a Buckeye Lane residence off Georgia Highway 54 East.

Police Department spokesman Mike Francis said a wallet and laptop were stolen from an unlocked vehicle.

A second vehicle was reportedly entered on September 21 at a residence near Circle Drive.

In this case, nothing was stolen from the unlocked vehicle, Francis said, adding that home video would have shown someone entering the vehicle.

The third case was reported at 9:17 p.m. on September 16 at the Tinseltown Theater in the Fayette Pavilion.

Harris said the unlocked vehicle was entered between 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. The owner found $200 in stolen cash, along with items from the vehicle scattered nearby in the parking lot.

Another case from Fayetteville shows the result of not remembering to keep track of important assets in the community.

On September 17, police were called to the Fayette Hall Publix grocery store to take possession of a misplaced item. The object was a Charter Arms .38 caliber handgun found in the men’s restroom, according to the police report.

This wasn’t the first time a handgun was found in Fayette County restrooms, and it likely won’t be the last.

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