Police arrest suspect in car dealership thefts

GREENFIELD — Indiana State Police officers arrested one of two men believed to be behind numerous forgeries and car thefts across central Indiana.

Demetrius Hankerson, 19, was arrested and booked into the Hancock County Jail on Tuesday. He faces four counts of forgery, three counts of conspiracy to commit auto theft and one count of corrupt business influence in Hancock County.

Police said they believe Hankerson used forged Bureau of Motor Vehicles paperwork to obtain copies of ignition keys at car dealerships across central Indiana, then used the keys to steal cars, court documents state.

Hankerson and another man, Dorian Parker, 23, are suspected of making 55 duplicate keys based on stolen information, and at least 32 of those keys were obtained at a dealership in McCordsville, court document show.

Parker has not yet been arrested.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.