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Police believe juveniles behind more than a dozen car shop vehicle thefts

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More than a dozen vehicles have been stolen in Antioch. (WSMV) More than a dozen vehicles have been stolen in Antioch. (WSMV)

When customers take their cars to be serviced or repaired, they never think when their leave the keys, they could be stolen along with the car.

But that has happened to more than a dozen car owners in Antioch. Police say young teens are behind the thefts.

Monica Graves said she and her husband were taking an afternoon nap on May 1, when they woke up to find an empty car had crashed into their truck while it was parked in their driveway.

Police told her the crash was the work of teenage car thieves who had jumped out a stolen vehicle during a chase and left it to drive through Graves' neighborhood and into her yard, hitting her husband’s truck.

“It could've been my house,” Graves said. “It could've been someone's child, anything, because we have a lot of children in this neighborhood out, you know, just being kids.”

Police said that red Ford Expedition had been stolen from Firestone-Bridgestone on Murfreesboro Pike on April 26. Teens broke in to the shop and stole keys and a car that was waiting to be repaired.

The next day, two more teens broke into the Nashboro Car Center just a few blocks down. The store’s owner said at least one of those juveniles is just 13 years old. The owner says the teens stole 32 sets of keys and 12 cars. Ten cars were later found on Dover Glen Drive in the neighborhood right next to Graves’ house.

“There needs to be something done about this because they're too young — they’re babies,” Graves said. “You think about their parents. What are they doing? Why are 13-year-olds doing what they're doing?”

The owner of Nashboro Car Center didn’t want to speak on camera, but said he has now tripled security and surveillance efforts and stays at the store nearly around the clock. He said they have more cameras and locks and that it should be “impossible” to steal car keys from their business.

Police could not say if the two incidents are related, but say they're following strong leads involving juveniles to try to solve these cases and to track down the two cars that are still missing.

Bridgestone America sent the following statement saying in part:

Our Firestone Complete Auto Care location at 2421 Murfreesboro Pike in Antioch was one of several automotive service businesses that have recently reported after-hours break-ins and vehicle thefts.

Across our network of more than 2,200 tire and automotive service centers nationwide, customer service – including the safety and security of their personal property – is our top priority. When we became aware of the situation, we contacted local authorities and worked cooperatively with them as they investigated.

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