Driver drops off vehicle at tire store, returns to find custom audio system stolen


The owner of a vehicle returning to pick it up after being repaired at a tire shop in Fayetteville found that items totaling $3,000 in value had been stolen.

Fayetteville Police Department spokesman Jeff Harris said officers on Sept. 19 arrived at the tire shop at Banks Crossing on Ga. Highway 85 North to take the entering auto report.

The vehicle owner said he dropped the vehicle off for repairs on Sept. 6 and returned on Sept. 19. Among the items stolen was a touchscreen radio sound system, a laptop computer and an amplifier, totaling $3,000 in value, said Harris.

The manager said the vehicle had been locked while in the parking lot, Harris said, also noting that the vehicle showed no signs of damage and no forced entry.

There were three other entering auto incidents in Fayetteville during the past week.

One of those was reported on Sept. 20 at a residence on Buckeye Lane off Ga. Highway 54 East.

Police department spokesman Mike Francis said a wallet and laptop computer were stolen from an unlocked vehicle.

A second vehicle was reported entered on Sept. 21 at a residence on nearby Circle Drive.

In this case, nothing was stolen from the unlocked vehicle, Francis said, adding that the home video reportedly showed someone entering the vehicle.

The third case was reported at 9:17 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the Tinseltown Theater at the Fayette Pavilion.

Harris said the unlocked vehicle was entered between 7-9:15 p.m. The owner found $200 in cash stolen, along with items from the vehicle scattered nearby in the parking lot.

Another Fayetteville case shows the result of not remembering to keep up with important possessions while in the community.

Police on Sept. 17 were called to the Publix grocery store at the Fayette Pavilion to take possession of a mislaid item. The item was a .38-caliber Charter Arms handgun found in the men’s restroom, the police report said. 

This was not the first time a handgun has been found in a restroom in Fayette County, and it likely will not be the last.