Thief uses a crane to steal car from dealership

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A truck decorated with a diamond pattern is being sought in an unusual theft of a car from an Indiana dealership.

The truck, equipped with a crane, simply picked up a car, loaded it onto the truck’s bed, and drove away.

The car that was stolen was a used 2008 Jeep Wrangler with a plow attached to it, a rare vehicle, according to Matt Magnuson, general manager of LaPorte Chrysler, in LaPorte, Ind. Magnuson said he had searched for a vehicle of that make for two years at the request of a buyer. The car was sold on Saturday for $25,000 and stolen on Sunday at 6:40 a.m.

“It’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen,” said Bob Wiles, a salesman at the dealership. “[Another salesman] sold it Saturday, and this guy came and got it Sunday. I shouldn’t laugh, but I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

The dealership’s surveillance cameras captured photos of a man in a hooded sweatshirt. He exited a flatbed truck and jump into a black crane, which he used to lift the Jeep out of the lot and onto a trailer. He then drove off. The heist lasted about six minutes, Magnuson said.

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