PURSUIT NABS AUTO THEFT SUSPECT

SAVANNAH, GA (July 24, 2013): A Savannah man was arrested after stealing a car from a southside dealership, trying to elude police and crashing the car in a lane between Midtown and Baldwin Park neighborhoods this morning.

Charles Leonard Mobley, 18, of the 1300 block of East 49th Street was charged with theft by taking (auto), fleeing to elude, reckless driving and two counts of criminal damage to property after being arrested at his residence about 3 a.m.

A Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department captain noticed a 2007 Mercury Mariner driving at an excessive speed near several southside Savannah auto dealerships about 2:20 a.m. and alerted Southside Precinct Patrol officers. They pursued the vehicle north into the Midtown and Baldwin Park neighborhoods.

While in the 1400 block of East 40th Street Lane, the SUV struck a chain link fence and the back of a garage before overturning in the lane. Officers saw Mobley and another male exit the car and run on foot. Mobley was arrested at his residence. Police continue to seek the other suspect.

Other officers searched the southside dealerships and discovered that burglars had broken into Savannah Toyota Value Used Car Center where the car was taken.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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