A man who bought a car from Flash Autos became upset with the Fort Mill dealership and joined with other suspects to steal two vehicles that night in a fit of anger, authorities said.
But the suspect, 31-year-old Brandon Barringer, was quickly caught in Huntersville with a silver Infiniti G 35 that was stolen from the business along Highway 51 in Fort Mill, according to a sheriff’s report.
The auto dealership called the sheriff’s office last Tuesday morning and said they had video of someone entering their car lot from the Flint Hill Road side of their building. The suspect used a crow bar to pry open a lock for their shop, gaining access to keys. The suspect and another person stole the Infiniti and a black Pontiac G 6, the report says.
The Pontiac was dumped a block away and was quickly recovered, according to the sheriff’s report. The Infiniti was not.
A dealership worker told deputies that they suspected Barringer was the burglar since he had been angry with them the day before.
“Barringer came into the dealership complaining of an issue with a car that he had bought there,” a report says. “When he told Barringer that due to the time of day he couldn’t help him, Barringer became angry.”
Huntersville Police recovered the car Tuesday evening and arrested the suspect for possession of a stolen vehicle. Barringer was jailed in Charlotte.
It’s unclear whether other suspects have been identified in the thefts.