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Arrest made in Dellen car thefts

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GREENFIELD — The theft of two cars from the lot of Dellen Automotive early Monday is believed to be the work of a pair of Indianapolis teenagers.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police arrested Myles McMahan, 18, after he was spotted in the stolen 2011 four-door Chevrolet Cruze late Tuesday on the northwest side of Indianapolis.

An officer had stopped McMahan for a minor traffic violation when he discovered the teen had a suspended driver’s license. As police prepared to tow the car, they ran a check on the vehicle identification number and found out the car was stolen.

McMahan was also in possession of marijuana when police stopped him, police said.

Greenfield police provided Indianapolis officers with a surveillance photo from Monday, when a male now identified as McMahan and a female accomplice smashed a showroom window with a rock, stole two sets of keys from the key board and made off with the Cruze and a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro.

McMahan’s girlfriend, who is not believed to be involved in the theft, was with him when he was stopped for disregarding a traffic sign. Police showed her the surveillance images as well, and her reaction told them McMahan was the man in the photograph.

“She just broke down because he was with somebody else,” lead Greenfield Detective Lt. Randy Ratliff said.

McMahan at first told officers he had gotten the car from someone else and said he didn’t know it was stolen, but he later changed his story, admitting he had stolen the car, police said. He also identified his accomplice, a 17-year-old female. She faces juvenile charges.

McMahan and the 17-year-old girl were dropped off at Dellen Automotive by an unidentified black female driving a light-colored Volkswagen Beetle. Police are still working to identify her and another suspect, who is believed to have arranged the heist.

The Camaro was also recovered on the northwest side of Indianapolis.

McMahan faces local charges of burglary, theft, auto theft and criminal mischief. In Marion County, he is charged with possession of marijuana, receiving stolen property and driving while suspended.

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