FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio- Fairview Park police apprehended two suspected car thieves on Monday thanks to the help of Fox8 viewers and other police agencies.
Investigators said arrest warrants were issued for Charles Morris, 46, of Cleveland and Rashaud Smith, 33, of Euclid. They said the men could be seen in security video driving tow trucks onto the Lorain Road lot of Complete Auto Repair Service in November and stealing two cars.
The suspects hooked up a 1999 Ford Taurus and a 1997 Toyota Camry to the back of their trucks and then drove away, eastbound on Lorain Road.
Owner Richard Keller told Fox8 he was relieved to know the culprits had been caught.
“This probably helps out all the auto repair shops and all the different people who have called me over this time, that have had cars stolen out of their lots and different things like that," Keller said.
Keller asked Fox8 to air his security video in November, hoping viewers could provide investigators with leads. He said he was grateful to everyone who provided tips and to Fairview Park police for their relentless pursuit of the two men.
Fairview Park police said Morris turned himself in on Monday. He was booked and released on bond. Smith was already behind bars on other charges.