Driver loses his license after crashing during heist of auto dealership

A driver lost his driver’s license after he sped through a Lexus dealership’s parking lot during a game of an esport — driving a vehicle using his name. Armed with Facebook and YouTube posts,…

Driver loses his license after crashing during heist of auto dealership

A driver lost his driver’s license after he sped through a Lexus dealership’s parking lot during a game of an esport — driving a vehicle using his name.

Armed with Facebook and YouTube posts, a group of gamers posted a video of the Thursday incident — roughly five minutes of Lehigh Valley Lexus burglarizing cars and knocking over display cases.

Afterward, one said, the thieves took what they could grab and took off in two vehicles. The Lexus dealership, in Short Hills, N.J., estimated damage to nearly $45,000, according to the Washington Post.

The incident drew the attention of the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission, which said Friday that a video of the crime made its way to the agency’s user-generated content section. Within an hour, the video was removed, according to a message on the agency’s website. The mvc’s Facebook page was flooded with complaints, with one user suggesting the agency could lose the video of the “despicable act” for doing nothing.

A Lehigh Valley Lexus employee said he spoke with two men who took photos of their licenses.

The company said it reported the incident to the New Jersey State Police. State police said the vehicle owner, Roy Hatchel, 27, of Bethlehem, Pa., was removed from the roster of drivers at the company and will be suspended.

“I am upset about the incidents that occurred in our parking lot,” David Hollinger, a spokesman for the company, told the Post. “Having taken immediate action to report the incidents to the state, we are thankful no one was hurt.”

A group of six young men livestreamed the heist Thursday night and provided a partial license plate number for Hatchel, state police said. Investigators traced the plate number to Hatchel and detained him, where he provided a full set of plate numbers, police said.

Hatchel, who had been celebrating his birthday, was arrested without incident and charged with vehicle theft, possessing criminal tools and hindering apprehension, police said. His bond was set at $150,000. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

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