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Thief uses forklift to steal car
Ford Mustang taken from body shop at Ginn Motor Co.
Ginn Theft
Surveillance video captures the theft of a 2017 Ford Mustang convertible from the body shop at Ginn Motor Co. early Wednesday morning, July 18, 2018.

COVINGTON, Ga. – Police are looking for the person who broke into a Covington car dealership using a forklift early Wednesday and stole a car.

According to a Covington Police Department incident report, officers responded to a burglar alarm for the clean-up bay at Ginn Motor Co. on the Access Road at 12:05 a.m.

When they checked the business, they reportedly didn’t see anything disturbed. According to the report, the clean-up bay is in the rear of the business inside a gated area.

At 12:25 a.m., a dealership employee came to the business to check the alarm and reportedly saw a small white or silver car speed out of the body shop area onto the side road and then onto U.S. 278.

According to the report, officers found a large forklift sitting behind the body shop area and the fence lying down, along with a set of tire tracks visible in the grass leaving the business.

When they checked the building, police reportedly found a mop bucket at the bay window and the broken bay window glass had been removed and stacked beside the building.

CPD obtained video footage from the incident and has posted photos of the suspect on its Facebook page.

The stolen car was reported as a 2017 Ford Mustang convertible. A reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for its theft.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Mark Joyner at 770-385-2196 or