Metro Police charge suspects in rental car thefts


by WHAS11

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 6:28 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Police bust what they're calling a sophisticated crime ring, involving the theft of more than a dozen rental cars from the airport.

One of the suspects worked for a rental agency, where police say she was able to manipulate the data to make cars disappear from the local inventory.

Her alleged accomplice rented those vehicles on the street for cash.

Police say it is part of an ongoing investigation involving computer offenses, organized crime and hundreds of thousands of dollars in theft.

Officers used a high tech tool to locate some of the missing vehicles and land two suspects behind bars.

There are plenty of empty spaces in the Louisville Inernational Airport Avis lot, but not all of the missing inventory is rented, some was stolen.

Police believe the theft of more than a quarter of a million dollars of rental cars was an inside job.

“Obviously, this has been going on for quite some time,” LMPD Spokesman Dwight Mitchell, said.

The crime ring allegedly involved former Avis employee 23-year-old Charmia Morris, who allegedly made false entries in Avis' computer system showing stolen cars were rented.

Her alleged accomplice convicted drug dealer was 26-year-old Blake Mack, who allegedly drove off in the cars and rented them on the street for cash.

Police say a total of 14 of the rental cars were stolen and couldn’t be located. That's why they turned to On Star to locate the GMC models.

Reports say Mack was found, with heroin and marijuana inside a 2013 Nissan stolen rental car parked at his aunt's home.

“That's all he's trying to do is struggling with his kids. And he was struggling,” Mack’s aunt, Lenora Mack, said. “He made a bad decision as far as how he was getting his money, or whatever.”

So far, police have recovered eight of the stolen cars.

Those caught driving around in the others will also likely face criminal charges.

“I would think a person of average intelligence would know that,” Mitchell, said.

Avis did not want to comment on the case.

Both suspects are being held at Metro Corrections tonight, awaiting arraignment Thursday morning.