Man Held in Carjacking From Dealer

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A Tustin man was arrested for allegedly carjacking a vehicle from Fletcher Jones Mercedes dealership on Saturday.

Brian David Thacker, 30, arrived at the car dealership at Jamboree Road and Highway 73 around 7 p.m., said Newport Beach Police Department Sgt. Steve Burdette.

“He posed as a buyer and asked for a test drive,” Burdette said.

He took a 2010 Mercedes for a test drive, Burdette said, but refused to return.

According to Burdette, Thacker simulated that he had a gun and held against his will a Fletcher Jones salesperson who went along for the ride, then took all of the victim’s belongings and dropped him off at the side of the road.

Thacker was arrested the next day at 8:45 a.m. in the 300 block of Continental Way in Tustin and was held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

The vehicle was in his possession at the time of his arrest and was returned by police to the dealer, Burdette said.

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