VERSAILLES, Ky. (WKYT) - A camera mounted on the windshield of a 1985 Mercedes started rolling when a pair of thieves cranked up the car about 4 a.m. Thursday.
As the men drove the stolen car through the South Hill neighborhood in Versailles the camera recorded their voices as they struggled to turn on the headlights.
A few moments later, the car thieves passed a police cruiser. When it turned around to follow them, they jumped out and took off, leaving the car running.
The vintage Mercedes rolled down the street and slammed into a tree. The crash totaled the car, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
The owner of the stolen Mercedes doesn't want to be identified but he tells us he works on surveillance cameras.
He says a year ago he set up the camera in his car so it would start recording every time the engine was started.
While the camera didn't catch the thieves' faces Thursday morning, it caught their voices.
Investigators are hoping that will be enough to catch the men, who they say also stole items from two other cars before stealing the Mercedes.
"We're going to distribute this video through the rest of the officers here at the police department and with the sheriff's department and see if they recognize the voices. If anyone else recognizes their voices they need to call police,” said Lt. Daniel Clark.
Police tell us the thieves found the Mercedes unlocked with the keys inside it on Setti Place.