Officers Find Stolen Car Used For Cigarette Theft


UPDATED: Tuesday September 25, 2012 5:46 PM

Jerry Jenkins had his car stolen from his Canal Winchester home overnight Friday, and he never expected to see it again.

But that changed when his car was used for a brazen crime.

"My dad called me that morning and he told me to look on the internet and just watch the video," said Jenkins. "It's kind of out of the world to see somebody do something like that. It's not normal to see someone back a car into a drive-thru."

Jenkins said his parents spotted the car, after it showed up in surveillance video aired on 10TV News and 10TV.com.

Two criminals targeted E Jay's Drive Thru, located along Parsons Avenue. Police said it was Jenkins stolen car that was used to smash into the store.

The car was found on Monday near Sixth Street in south Columbus, 13 miles away from Jenkins home, and just a few blocks away from the E Jay's.

"The whole rear end is destroyed, the inside is destroyed," said Jenkins.

The seats were slashed, the dashboard displays shattered, and scratches covered the length of the car.

Jenkins will have the damage repaired, but he said he still has trouble making sense of the crime which was all done for cigarettes.

The car is Jenkins' transportation for work and he missed two days at his two full-time jobs. He is counting on police to find the people responsible.

Police said the thieves got away with more than $5,000 in cigarettes.

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