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Auto thieves sent to jail for crimes
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Three men have been sentenced for their part in an auto theft ring that ended when they tried to avoid capture by crawling out the back window of an apartment when lawmen arrived to arrest them.The defendants, Gregory Austin Smith, 21, Dalton Lee Porter, 18, both of Woodbury, and Tyler Gage Finley, 21, of Crossville, all entered guilty pleas to charges of grand theft and auto burglary. They were each directed to serve 145 days of two-year sentences.McMinnville police detective Todd Rowland said the vehicle thefts happened over this past summer in the Civic Center and Northside areas of the city and were made possible because the owners did not take simple precautions.“The vehicles were stolen because they were easy targets,” Rowland said. “They were left unlocked and the keys were inside.”There was also a theft of a Nissan truck from Coffee County where the three were involved.