DALTON In April, four vehicles were reported stolen from Sarchione Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram at 315 S Mill St.
After spotting a broken window and a door apparently left open by the car thieves in the early hours of April 13 at the dealership off of U.S. 30, officers from the village police department were on the case within less than an hour of the crime being committed.
Two of the four vehicles already have been recovered.
The police chief is crediting the outcome so far to the department’s officers quick and thorough actions at all steps in the case from spotting signs of the break-in while on routine nighttime patrol, to closely following up with the investigation.
The dealership’s owner is thankful to local law enforcement for the care they took in the case.
“It wasn’t just another statistic,” said John Sarchione, who with his brother, Joe, owns Sarchione Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Dalton and five dealerships in other locations in the Sarchione Automotive Group. “With (Capt.) Eric (McFarren) and the other officers … they took it really personal.”
“The way they cared blew my mind,” he continued. “This makes me feel good just being here.”
John and Joe Sarchione of Sarchione Automotive Group purchased Haasz Auto Mall of Dalton from Kevin Haasz earlier this year.
“Kudos to the Dalton Police Department and especially Eric and the way that they take pride in their job,” Sarchione continued. “They wanted those cars back and 99 percent of the time you don’t see them back and it’s a satisfying feeling when you get them back. … The good guys won some too.”
According to Dalton Police, a 2020 Chevy Corvette, 2023 Dodge Charger, 2022 Dodge Durango and 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, along with seven dealer license plates and a credit card reader were reported stolen from the dealership. The DPD is investigating whether an earlier theft of a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee in November that was never recovered may be linked to this case.
On April 14, a suspect who is facing several charges was apprehended by the Garfield Heights Police Department and the dealership’s Dodge Durango was recovered. On April 15, the Dodge Charger also was returned to the dealership after police located the vehicle in the Cleveland area where it appeared to have been abandoned after running out of gas.
“Officer Sean Williams was on patrol and noticed something out of the ordinary,” Dalton Police Chief Ryan Pearson said. “He did a great job. That’s what we want out of your police officers. When we’re all asleep somebody keeping an eye on things. From Officer Williams noticing it, getting a keyholder down there to check and realize that some vehicles were missing we were able to begin the investigation process a lot sooner. A lot of times these situations happen and you’re 10-12 hours behind and where he found it – 45 minutes later we were able to start working on the investigation a lot sooner.”