Suspected Car Thief on the Lam

TEMECULA – Sheriff’s deputies today requested the public’s help in finding a man suspected of stealing a car from a Temecula auto dealership.

The alleged theft occurred at 2:30 a.m. Monday in the 41000 block of Motor Car Parkway.

Surveillance footage attained by investigators showed the suspect driving off in a dark blue 2013 Nissan Versa that had been left at the location for service, said Sgt. Chris Gaskins.

Authorities described the suspect as a white male in his late 30s to late 40s with brown hair and a beard. The surveillance footage showed him wearing a blue mechanic-style, short-sleeved shirt with a name patch, a long- sleeve shirt underneath, tan shorts and dark boots.

It was unclear how the suspect entered the dealership or if he was an employee.

Investigators urged anyone who has information regarding the suspect or his whereabouts to contact the Temecula sheriff’s station at (951) 696-3000.

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