Wednesday, March 11, 2009

What NEXT in the US???

Scottsbluff dealership missing three bosses, dozens of cars

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. — One by one, somebody loaded new Toyotas onto trucks Monday evening from the Legacy Auto Sales dealership in Scottsbluff and drove off into the night.

Toyota automobiles from Legacy Ford Lincoln Mercury Toyota in Scottsbluff were loaded onto trucks Monday night.
Dozens of cars were taken. Now plenty of people, including Scottsbluff police, want to know what's going on.

That includes Legacy employee Miranda Cervantes. She discovered Tuesday morning that the dealership's owner and two other officers had disappeared without a word to the staff. Also gone were more than 80 Ford and Toyota vehicles.

Employees found the desks of owner Allen Patch, comptroller Rachel Feit and general manager Rick Covello empty. Their computers also were gone.

"When I saw that, I knew something just isn't right," Cervantes said.

Scottsbluff Police Capt. Kevin Spencer confirmed that police were investigating removal of the vehicles as a possible crime.

Police said at least 81 vehicles are missing.

Cervantes said the cars disappeared from three lots in Scottsbluff — about 25 to 30 Fords and about 50 Toyotas. Police have been unable to contact Patch, Feit or Covello.

Cervantes said Toyota representatives contacted her Tuesday. Someone had reported that a large number of cars were missing from the lot.

"They asked me, 'What is going on there?' I told them everything, that the cars are all gone. . . . We (employees) don't have a clue. Employees were not told of any reason that the vehicles were removed."

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