Two car dealerships in Canton and Woodstock this week reported that their power and phone lines were cut, though nothing was taken from the stores.
According to police reports:
Monday at 12:40 a.m., Cherokee Sheriff's Office deputies responded to used car dealership Ducky Cars at 12159 Cumming Highway in the Free Home community. The owner there said the business had been broken into and the power was out, though he hadn't been inside the building yet. The front door was ajar and the window on the door was shattered. Two cement bricks had been thrown through the window. Inside the building, some power lines had been cut and a power meter was pulled down. No one was found in the building, and the owner said no cars or other items were missing.
The business owner pushed the meter back up and restored power, and police reviewed security footage, which cut off at 10 p.m. Sunday.
Later in the evening, the Ducky owner called and said he realized a vehicle had been stolen: a black 2011 BMW 528 sedan valued at $8,995.
Also Monday, around 9:10 a.m., Woodstock police responded to Car Corner, another used car dealer, at 10205 Ga. Highway 92. The business owner reported someone had cut the power and phone lines next to the front door between 5 p.m. Saturday and 8:45 a.m. Monday. The glass and front metal cover were removed from the power meter, which had been next to the back door. There was nothing else damaged and no sign of a break-in.
Both cases remain under investigation. Cherokee Sheriff's Office spokesman Jay Baker said the missing vehicle will be entered in Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Georgia Crime Information Center.