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OSAGE, IA – An Osage car dealer is still in disbelief after a recent car theft and today they’re turning to social media for help.
As Mark McKinley of McKinley Auto and RV explains, one solid blow was all it took for someone to sneak into their service garage and steal one of their cars.
“Whatever they hit that with, it was pretty good force. We’ve been here since 1990; this is the first time we’ve ever had anything like this happen. Small town Iowa, you don’t see this a lot,” said McKinley.
Once the suspect or suspects made their way inside, apparently they only had one thing in their sights, the gold 2008 Buick Lucerne parked in the garage.
After seeing the damage and noticing that the car had been stolen, Mark immediately notified law enforcement then quickly reached out to friends on social media sites for help.
“First place we went to yesterday morning was Facebook because we could cover so much ground so fast. We went to friends of friends that have a lot of friends and we figured there’s an estimated five to ten thousand people who probably got notified,” said McKinley.
Through a number of sites online, Mark has posted photos of the gold Buick in hopes that the message reaches the right eyes, and he’s not the only one using social media on this case.
“We have a Facebook page of our own and we do sometimes put stuff out on it ’cause that does put it to a lot of people who are interested in what’s going on with law enforcement. I don’t think it’s a bad thing, as long as we don’t give out pertinent information that maybe only the bad guy would know and it’s something we’re going to use for us,” said Chief of Police Brian Wright of Osage Police Department.
While getting the information out there may be easier than ever before, the hardest part may be the most obvious.
“The most difficult part is just getting the vehicle stopped or finding it. There are so many places the guy could hide the vehicle or if the guy is driving decent, law enforcement wouldn’t have any reason to stop him,” said Chief Wright.
Still in a state of disbelief, Mark says he’s never seen anything like this especially in a town as small as Osage.
“You know we’ve been in business since 1947 as a family and we’ve never ever had a car stolen. We’ve had some vandalizing over the years but very minimal and very little on a town this size.”
“The best advice I could give is to not leave your keys in the car for any reason. That’s one of the biggest causes behind car thefts,” said Chief Wright.