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$5K reward issued for van reported stolen at Conway dealership

A man was caught on surveillance video driving away in the van. If you have any information, please call 915-TIPS. | Auto World A man was caught on surveillance video driving away in the van. If you have any information, please call 915-TIPS. | Auto World
A man was caught on surveillance video driving away in the van. If you have any information, please call 915-TIPS. | Auto World A man was caught on surveillance video driving away in the van. If you have any information, please call 915-TIPS. | Auto World
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - A van was stolen from a Conway auto dealership after a test drive, according to a police report. The dealership has offered a $5,000 reward.

The 2011 gray Honda Odyssey was reported stolen from Auto World, located on Highway 90, Saturday morning, according to Conway police.

The owner of the dealership told police he remembered the car being there before he left work, but when a customer wanted to buy the van Saturday, it was gone.

The owner told police the key chain to the van had three keys. After realizing the vehicle was gone, the owner said one of the keys didn't match. The owner said he thinks the key was swapped during a test drive.

Ron Geris, owner of Auto World said Friday two men came to the lot interested in looking at the van, he said they did not test drive the vehicle, but one of the men posed as a customer, the other as a mechanic.  Geris suspect one of the men swapped a Honda key for a uncut Honda key and returned it to the salesman without him noticing. 

"It's not something as a business owner or a sales person would do so you just think about it you have a key or you have two keys and you will return with one or two keys so its really pretty tricky on their part." said Geris.

Geris said the dealership already counts the keys that are on the key ring, but now the salesmen are more alert and aware of a potential switch. "It's hard because we are a trusting company and I think that most people here in Horry County have the same view that we do," Geris said. "We just don't think that someone would be this dishonest to do that to another business."

A man was caught on surveillance video driving away in the van. It is believed the man is connected to the other two men that visited the dealership earlier that day, surveillance video take at the car lot showed the suspect walking between car while talking on the phone, moments before he jumps in the van and drives off. 


If you have any information, please call 915-TIPS.


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