Stealing cars must make a fella work up a mighty appetite.
At least that appears to be the case for the 19-year-old man who allegedly stole two vehicles, including a white 2002 Chevrolet Corvette and a 2012 Dodge Charger, from a South Dakota dealership early Saturday morning.
Police say surveillance video captured the man breaking into Mark Juhl Auto Sports in Sioux Falls on two separate occasions, first at approximately 1 a.m. Saturday when he took the keys to one of the cars. He came back later to get another set of keys for the other car.
An employee discovered the thefts a few hours later about 9:30 a.m., and quickly posted screenshots of the surveillance video and images of the vehicles online, asking anyone who saw the vehicles to call him or police. Spotting the Corvette shouldn’t have been too hard since it was definitely eye-catching with custom gold wheels, Z06-style rear air inlets, and a gold checkered pattern on the hood.
Maybe that’s why he was in the less-conspicuous Charger when police responded to a call about 11:45 a.m. that the Dodge had been spotted in the drive-through line at the McDonald’s restaurant in Sioux Falls. He took off when an officer arrived but was not pursued.
Around 1 p.m., officers wound up locating both cars parked near Lyons Avenue and Newcomb Drive, along with the suspect, Anthony Jacob McDonald of Sioux Falls, nearby.
McDonald (no word on whether he’s related to Ronald at the restaurant where he was first spotted) faces charges of third-degree burglary, grand theft, and aggravated eluding.
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