July 29, 2009

Stolen car, car salesman found together

A brand new Chevrolet Malibu stolen from a Wisconsin dealership was found in Pennsylvania -- along with the salesman who allegedly took it, police say.

Pennsylvania State Trooper Chad Rarig said he was alerted by agents from the OnStar satellite system that a car stolen from Hall Chevrolet in Wauwatosa, Wis., was approaching his position along Interstate 80, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

He told the newspaper John Sergeant Jr., 35, of Milwaukee, was shocked when Rarig arrested him and booked him on charges of receiving stolen property.

He was pretty surprised to see us, obviously, Rarig said.

A Wauwautosa police report indicated dealership officials discovered the car was missing when another salesman who had sold it couldn't find it on the lot, and also noticed Sergeant hadn't reported to work since the car's disappearance, the Journal Sentinel said. Local police called to have the car's OnStar system activated, which they reportedly used it to track the vehicle to Pennsylvania.

(Sergeant) told me he had been to New York City to visit his sister who was in the hospital, Rarig told the newspaper.