Thief not up to challenge
Randy Broadwater, Herald Staff Writer 29.OCT.09
A Fred Martin Motors customer will have to wait a little longer for delivery of his brand new specially ordered car, thieves stole the vehicle the day after it was delivered to the Barber Road dealership.
Norton Police Detective John Canterbury said the 2010 Dodge Challenger, valued at $35,800, was delivered on Oct. 16. Late in the evening of Oct. 17 or during the early morning hours of Oct, 18, it was stolen after two men, captured on video surveillance, broke the south gate to the lot.
At 2:01 a.m., Akron Police received a call about an accident involving a car with the occupants trapped inside at the intersection of Ira Avenue and Princeton Avenue in the Kenmore section of Akron. The car turned out to be the missing Challenger.
By time police arrived, friends and neighbors, who were uncooperative with the police in identifying the men, had dragged the occupants from the vehicle.
We worked the neighborhood, and received authorization for reward money. A couple of days later we received a call from a confidential informant giving us a name. U.S. Marshals and the Akron Police then confirmed where to find him, Canterbury said.
It turns out he has a girlfriend in Barberton. She said she thinks he was just a passenger in the vehicle, we think he was the driver, Canterbury added.
On Thursday night, Akron Police picked up the identified suspect, Christopher R. Hackney, 21, of Akron, for an unrelated burglary. Norton police spoke with Hackney and say he came clean saying he was drunk and drove the car into a utility pole.
Norton police spoke with prosecutor Holly Reese, who authorized charges of Auto Theft, a fourth degree felony, and Breaking and Entering, a fifth degree felony.
Hackney, who was already on probation for a drug arrest earlier in the year, was also indicted Monday by the Summit County Grand Jury on burglary charges stemming from an earlier incident in Akron.