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Car stolen off showroom floor

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

ALBANY, Ga. -- An Albany man has been arrested and charged with stealing a car literally off the showroom floor Thanksgiving night.

Jacory Phillips was arrested in Early County after he reportedly ran out of gas.

Albany Police Department spokesperson Phyllis Banks said investigators believe Phillips broke into Five Star Nissan on Oglethorpe Boulevard on Thanksgiving night, picked out a 2011 Nissan Altima and drove it through the glass showroom doors and off the lot.

"He literally drove it off the showroom floor," Banks said. "He damaged the doors on the building and then fled the scene."

A short time later, authorities in Early County were called to a gas station on reports that a man was begging for gas money. They made contact with Phillips and placed him under arrest.

"The reports are that he was asking people for money to buy some gas and that someone at the store reported the suspicious behavior," Banks said.

Banks said Albany detectives would likely pick up Phillips later Friday and bring him back to the Dougherty County Jail.

Despite the damage to the building, the Five Star Nissan reopened Friday as planned, albeit with plastic over the damaged door to keep the rain out.

While this may be Phillips' first major burglary charge, it's not his first time in police custody.

Beginning in 2007, court records show that Jacory Phillips had been charged and convicted with myriad of petty crimes up to simple battery and assault after he reportedly punched his mother in 2008.

After failing to comply with terms of his probation after his court-ordered drug test reportedly turned up positive for marijuana, failing to properly check in with his probation officer, failure to pay court fees and failure to participate in court-ordered community service, Phillips was sentenced to 60 days in the Dougherty County Jail in January 2009.

There were no other records in the Dougherty County judicial docket since that time.