Addyston police seek suspects in mass car theft

Posted at 6:37 PM, Jul 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-02 10:18:05-04

ADDYSTON, Ohio — Rick Ampt was not happy Thusday morning when he discovered his truck had been stolen right out of his employer’s parking lot, and he wasn’t alone.

The thieves who took his car were busy ones — security footage captured them making off with four other cars from the INEOS ABS lot at nearly the same time.

“You feel a little violated,” Ampt said. “Kind of gutsy for someone to walk right in here and do it.”

There’s no doubt that stealing a small caravan of cars at 7:30 a.m. is gutsy, but the workers whose vehicles were stolen may have accidentally helped the five thieves: they’d left their keys inside their cars.

Other employees who had taken their keys with them still found that the thieves had rummaged through their cars and made off with credit cards and other small items, according to police.

Addyston Police Chief Dorian La Course said he had never seen anything like it.

Police were reviewing security footage of the mass theft Friday evening, and they said they hope to identify the suspects soon. By Saturday morning, Cincinnati police had recovered two of the vehicles in the Price Hill area.

Staff Sgt. Donald McWhorter of the Addyson Police Department said security footage at a Target captured two of the suspects' images, and he encouraged anyone who recognizes either of the men pictured to contact the police or Crimestoppers.