Those mistakes enabled the alleged car thieves to not only steal Tatar’s SUV, but to also deceive police when they were pulled over in the stolen vehicle.
A Middletown police officer stopped the vehicle about six hours before it was reported stolen because of its expired tags.
The driver told the officer “that Ashley allowed him to borrow the car all the time,” according to the police report.
“They went through the car and were able to get her information from the registration,” Birk said.
Using that specific information, they were able to concoct a believable story.
Because the vehicle had not yet been reported stolen, the officer had know way of knowing it was part of a crime, Birk said.
Atrium Medical Center security contacted Middletown after the police department asked on Facebook for help locating the stolen SUV.
Surveillance video from Atrium Medical Center shows three people riding bicycles in the parking lot after midnight, according to police. The bicycle riders checked several car doors before walking off camera to the area where Tatar’s car was parked. The vehicle can then be seen driving out of the parking lot, according to police.
The Dodge Durango was found this morning on Ethel Court, according to Birk.
An investigation is continuing and police are looking the driver pulled over early Monday morning. If you have information about the alleged thieves, call Middletown Police at 513-425-7700.
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