The person that stole Team Extreme’s Sprint Cup car may soon land in jail.
As reported by FoxSports.com, the Morrow (Georgia) Police Department has issued a warrant for the arrest of a person of interest for involvement in the theft of Team Xtreme Racing’s No. 44 Sprint Cup Series car last weekend in Atlanta.
The person of interest is the same person seen allegedly stealing the team’s dual truck and trailer from a Georgia hotel on Feb. 27, Sgt. Larry Oglesby confirmed to FOXSports.com
Oglesby also confirmed that the suspect has been uncooperative, declining to come in for an interview and contacting a lawyer. In response, the Morrow PD issued a warrant for his arrest on Friday afternoon.After contacting the suspects lawyer that day, the warrant was delivered today (March 9).
Oglesby said he hopes that the person of interest will be more cooperative once he’s in custody at the local jail.
The Team Xtreme Racing No. 44 Chevrolet, meant to be driven that weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, was found at 3 a.m. Feb. 28 in Gwinnett County, while the truck was found around 6 or 7 a.m. that same day by a citizen in Stockbridge, Ga., according to Oglesby.
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The owner of the two vehicles was contacted once they were found, and a team from North Carolina was sent to recover them.
The investigation remains open, as authorities continue to search for the missing trailer. The trailer contains spare racing parts, tools, and a Chevrolet engine, with total estimated value of $127,500.
The recovered truck and Sprint Cup car were valued at $12,500 and $250,000, respectively.
Oglesby claims that the spare engine, valued at $100,000, was never in the stolen trailer, and was instead transported to Atlanta Motor Speedway in the team’s primary hauler the day prior to the theft.
However, Cohen said the miscellaneous parts – including shocks, gears and a transmission – are nearly impossible to replace and have impacted the team’s ability to prepare for this past weekend’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and subsequent events at Phoenix International Raceway and Auto Club Speedway.
“This guy ruined my season,” team owner John Cohen said of the person of interest to FOX Sports. “It hurt my points and could hurt a lot of people’s lives.”
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