ZEBULON — Police on Friday were still looking for a man who they say stole a car from the Triangle East shopping center Wednesday and later abandoned it, damaged, at Mr. G’s Convenience Store in Zebulon.
Zebulon Lt. Bob Grossman said the suspect stole a 2001 Honda Accord owned by an employee of Little Ceasars Pizza while it was parked in the shopping center some time between 9 and 11:40 a.m. The vehicle was unlocked and the keys were inside.
“He called (his) parents to see if they had picked it up, and they had not, and then he called police,” Grossman said of the vehicle’s owner.
Sgt. Tivon Howard located the car unoccupied at Mr. G’s on Wakefield Street around 6:30 p.m. the same day.
Police discovered through an interview with a store clerk that a black male wearing a white T-shirt came in the store, left the keys with the clerk and indicated he’d come back for the vehicle at a later time.
“We don’t have anything else unless some (finger)prints come back off of (the vehicle),” Grossman said. “Nobody else offered up any information of seeing him drop it off or getting out of it or anything.”
The front tire of the vehicle was bent inward and the car and was not drivable when it was found, according to police. That was the only damage reported, and nothing was reported stolen from the vehicle.
Grossman said detectives are reviewing surveillance footage from the convenience store in hopes it may help in the investigation.
About eight police vehicles from four law enforcement agencies – Zebulon Police, Wake County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Highway Patrol and Wake County CCBI – congregated in the parking lot where the stolen car was recovered late Wednesday afternoon.