Long Test Drive Turns Into a Getaway Car
A Ravenna, Ohio man told a car dealership he needed longer than usual for his test drive but didn’t say he planned to use it to commit burglaries. Police said Christopher Tackett, 28, drove the borrowed car to two houses in the township and burglarized them Tuesday afternoon. Police said he was caught in the act at the second house. “The homeowner came home and walked in on the guy carrying a safe to the door where other items were all stacked up,” said Police Chief Dennis Oliver. “The owner said something like, ‘Who are you?’ and the guy said, ‘I’m the guy who just got caught.'” Police said Tackett waited while the homeowner called police and surrendered when police arrived. “I guess he figured the dealership had his license so he knew he was caught,” said Oliver. “We found more stolen items in the car and tracked them back to another nearby home. We contacted the owner, who did not even know that this home had been burglarized.” Oliver said Tackett went to the Auto Site car dealership and said he liked the car, but wanted his mechanic to check it out before he bought it. The salesman agreed and allowed Tackett to drive off. “We put this one in our ‘Just when you think you’ve seen everything’ file,” said Oliver. Tackett is in the Portage County Jail on $100,000 bond, charged with two counts of burglary and one count of possessing criminal tools. Oliver said other police departments in the area are investigating to determine if Tackett should be charged with other burglaries.