Police said at least one of the suspects worked at Avis, but won't specify who.
LOUSIVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two people are in jail charged with running their own under the table car rental business with vehicles they stole from Louisville International Airport.
Fourteen vehicles meant for paying customers visiting Louisville's airport rolled off the lot at Avis but weren't returned, until police said they found eight of them in the hands of Blake Mack, 26, and Charmia Morris, 23, who were allegedly loaning them out for cash without Avis' permission.
Each are charged with 14 counts of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 after they were arrested late Tuesday night by Louisville Metro Police Department's VIPER unit. "We were able to locate them by surveillance means at that point," explained LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell. The police report states three of five General Motors cars that were taken were located after police contacted On-Star who helped police track them down. "Any information that we ever get that leads us to individuals that committed crimes always a great tool for us."
Police said at least one of the suspects worked at Avis, but won't specify who. The police report shows Morris was falsifying computer records at the store so Avis wouldn't report the vehicles as stolen. As they try to locate the other six, police said this is only the start of their investigation. They believe Morris and Mack were the main players in the ring, but are making sure there aren't more, including some of the people police found with the stolen rental cars.
"We're still investigating that aspect and certainly they could be. Obviously they could be possibly charged down the line with receiving stolen property or also being involved in a syndication," explained Mitchell.
The police report mentions that when it comes to Mack, heroin was involved in these thefts. Court records state he has drug and trafficking charges that date back to 2009.
The manager of Avis would not comment. Mack and Morris are expected to be arraigned Thursday.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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