Authorities are seeking a man and woman caught on camera breaking into the storage lot of a Santa Monica auto dealership and making off with two luxury cars valued at about $150,000 last weekend.
The same man pictured in surveillance camera footage hopping a fence into the lot and stealing the cars with a female accomplice on Feb. 24 had been at the dealership days earlier to test drive a similar car, Major Motors Vice President of Sales Jason Yorker told KTLA.
The man claimed he was in the area from Colorado, had just signed a large record deal and wanted to buy a high-end car, Yorker said. He displayed a large amount of cash.
It was determined the car the man drove to the dealership during his earlier visit, which he abandoned at the dealership, had been reported stolen.
The dealership said it's offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the suspect. Anyone with information was asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department at 877-527-3247.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the actions of the suspect. The story has been updated.