Racecar stolen in North Olmsted found, suspect arrested


Previously aired video shows the family’s plea for the return of the racecar

NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio (WJW) – A little more than a week after Jason Jacko’s 1982 Volkswagen Jetta race car was stolen, police were able to track down the vehicle. 

“It was my older brother’s car,” Jacko told the Fox 8 I-Team.  “We are so excited and thankful for everyone’s help.”

Jacko says he is extremely grateful to North Olmsted Detective Matt Beck who worked on the case.

Jacko says the car is “OK.”

The car and trailer were stored outside a building off of Lorain Road in North Olmsted. Security video captured a person inside the trailer around the time it was stolen Aug. 12.

Police were able to locate and recover the stolen trailer last week. 

Photo courtesy Jason Jacko

Johnny Wells of Cleveland was identified by several people after the story aired last week. Wells was arrested Saturday in Middleburg Heights.  

Wells cooperated with police and took detectives to a location off of West 130th in Cleveland, where the vehicle was recovered along with most of Jacko’s property. 

North Olmsted police say detectives, Westshore Enforcement Bureau SWAT, Westshore Enforcement Task Force, Cleveland Police  NICE Unit, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol all worked together to find the car.  

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