Officers arrested 42-year-old Jason D. Stricklin, of 169 Wildlife Lake Road, in Summerville, for breaking into a local car clean up shop and stealing a car on Sunday night.
Wholesale car dealer Cody Marshal said someone stole a brown 2010 Buick Lacrosse and then returned it Monday. Someone broke into Jason Carroll’s cleanup shop on Bellah Avenue by breaking out a window, according to a police report.
“It was suspected that the vehicle had been removed from the building without permission and that it had later been returned. The vehicle had some mud on it and green fresh vegetation lodged in the front lower spoiler area. The vehicle was described as being clean when they had left the shop,” Officer Phillip Cox stated.
Stricklin’s luck on taking the car changed Sunday night when Georgia State Patrolman Dexter Mitchell stopped him. The trooper had taken notes of the vehicle Stricklin was in during the traffic stop. This information was used by Summerville Police Detective Brian Ozment in making his case.
Stricklin was arrested for driving with suspended/revoked license, expired tab, open container of alcohol and window tint violation, according to jail reports.
He also has two warrants for his arrest, according to Det. Ozment. Those additional arrest charges are second-degree burglary and theft by taking.