Authorities have arrested two more teens in connection with last week’s theft of four vehicles from Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge dealership in Ringgold.
Arrested were Matthew Korakoth Sithimolada, 18, and Alexander Cole Butler, 17. A third suspect, 19-year-old Steven Brien Heberer, was arrested Dec. 29.
Four vehicles, with a total value of $236,000, were stolen from the dealership on Dec. 29. The vehicles included a 2009 ACR Dodge Viper, 2010 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, 2004 Dodge Viper convertible, and 2010 Dodge Charger SRT10.
The 2009 Viper and the Jeep were recovered the night of the incident, but were “totaled.” The 2004 Viper and Dodge Charger were recovered undamaged.
Dealership owner Mike Robbins said that police, on the night of the theft, spotted a driver spinning tires. A chase ensued and the driver, Heberer, wrecked into a telephone pole, Robbins said. The vehicle turned out to be the 2009 Dodge Viper, valued at $107,000, he said.
Heberer has been charged with theft by receiving stolen property, driving on the wrong side of the road, failure to notify, and striking a fixed object.
“We believe that someone snuck into the (dealership’s) parts department and hid until everybody left,” Robbins said. “They stole the keys, petty cash which was five-hundred dollars, and a handgun that was in my desk.”
Sithimolada and Heberer have been released on bond. Butler remained Monday in jail.
Ringgold police detective Patrick Mason, who is in charge of the investigation, and Catoosa County sheriff Phil Summers could not be reached Monday for more details.
Walker County Messenger