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Car theft ring suspects in custody after Glendale dealership break-in

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Juwan Jefferson (left) and Samuel Moore (right) are accused of stealing vehicles from car dealerships. Juwan Jefferson (left) and Samuel Moore (right) are accused of stealing vehicles from car dealerships.
Suspects broke into the Glendale Chrysler dealership but left empty-handed before stealing six vehicles from Suntrup Ford. Suspects broke into the Glendale Chrysler dealership but left empty-handed before stealing six vehicles from Suntrup Ford.

GLENDALE, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Suspects from a car theft ring accused of stealing six cars from dealerships in the St. Louis area are in jail after reportedly breaking into Glendale Chrysler.

Samuel Moore and Juwan Jefferson, both 18, were charged with two counts of burglary and one count of auto theft. Investigators believe Moore, Jefferson and three other teens broke into three dealerships in one night.

Investigators say early in the morning on June 28 the suspects burglarized Jim Butler Auto Plaza and the Glendale Chrysler dealership on Manchester.

"Five suspects entered the business through one of their doors and were attempting to look for things to steal," said Captain Bob Catlett of the Glendale Police Department.

The teens left empty-handed and moved on to Suntrup Ford and allegedly broke a service bay window and stole six cars.

"They set off the alarm at that dealership and as the officers were responding to that call, they were leaving the dealership in stolen vehicles there was a pursuit, one of the vehicles was stopped and the occupants were arrested," said Capt. Catlett.

Officers said that thanks to a good burglary alarm, a quick response from officers and surveillance footage, they were able to catch two of the suspects.

Investigators said they are still working to find out if the suspects are tied to thefts at other dealerships. Authorities also said the two arrested have not revealed who their accomplices were in the theft, but believe they may change their minds if offered a plea deal.

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