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November 17, 2007

Albany -- Police need your help in tracking down a pair of brazen car thieves that stole two cars from an Albany used car lot - in broad day light.

Uncle Robert's Used Cars in downtown Albany is without two Chevrolet Impalas today, but it's not because they were sold.

"I was in a hurry to leave, and didn't notice they were gone until last night when I came in to trade back out cars. It was then I noticed they were gone," said owner Robert McDonald.

Two bold car thieves, their faces hidden under coat hoods, stole the two Impalas right off of the lot. More shocking, the crime unfolded while the business was open.

"Our mechanic was here to finish up some work, and he was on his way out. I was walking in and out of the office, and they just slipped right in," said McDonald.

It was just after 5:30 Friday afternoon when the two car thieves were hiding behind this blue sign on busy West Oglethorpe Blvd. They made their way into Uncle Robert's Used Car lot, and within seconds, they were gone.

Surveillance video captured the pair in the act. One view even shows the silver Impala turning onto West Oglethorpe after it was stolen.

"Hottest cars going today, so far," says McDonald of the Chevrolet Impala, which ranks high on the list of most popular stolen cars.

The stolen cars are a silver 2001 Chevy Impala and a 2002 white Chevy Impala; a total value of over $12,000, last seen heading in the direction of east Albany.

Speaking on the prison sentence handed down to the last car thieves that struck his lot, "20 years and they have to serve 11," says McDonald, who wants to see justice prevail again.

"Hope we get these like that," he adds.

While the description of the two thieves is not very clear, one of them was last seen wearing a white and black checkered jacket.

Anyone with information that might have seen the two men in the area of West Oglethorpe on Friday afternoon is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 436-TIPS or the Uncle Robert's Used Cars at 229-432-5124.

There is a reward being offered for information leading to the arrest of the two thieves and the recovery of the stolen cars.

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