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Savannah man charged with auto theft

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A Savannah man was arrested early Wednesday morning after stealing a car from a southside dealership, trying to elude police and crashing the car in a lane between Midtown and Baldwin Park neighborhoods.

Charles Leonard Mobley, 18, of the 1300 block of East 49th Street, has been charged with theft by taking (auto), fleeing to elude, reckless driving and two counts of criminal damage to property after being arrested at his residence around 3 a.m.

A Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department captain spotted a 2007 Mercury Mariner driving at an excessive speed near several southside Savannah auto dealerships at about 2:20 a.m. and alerted officers with the Southside Precinct Patrol. The officers then pursued the vehicle north into the Midtown and Baldwin Park neighborhoods.

According to police, while the SUV was in the 1400 block of East 40th Street, it struck a chain link fence and the back of a garage before overturning in the lane. Officers witnesses Mobley and another male exit the vehicle and run on foot. Police arrested Mobley at his residence. They are continuing to search for the other suspect.

Other officers search the dealerships and discovered that burglars had broken into Savannah Toyota Value Used Car Center, where the car was taken.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 912.234.2020 or text CRIMES (274637).

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