Man says he robbed dealership to “get out of hell”


HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) — When officers asked Josef Minartz why he broke into two different car dealerships in Evansville, he told them the devil made him do it.

D&T Auto Sales and Mills Auto Sales are competing used car dealerships across Green Street from each other. Early Monday morning, they were both on the same side; victims of break-ins.

“Looked like he was trying to steal a car because there were some keys on the lot,” said Mike Kemp with Mills Auto Sales.

“Whenever we got here, we had him on video. We actually had video from him over at Mills walking over here with the loading ramp that he used to break-in,” said Dennis Majors with D&T Auto Sales.

Minartz first allegedly broke an office window at Mills Auto Sales before he was captured on surveillance video breaking through the front door across the street.

“We also have video of him going through some drawers and stuff but thank God he never actually stole anything. He just cost me the trouble of the door,” said Majors.

That door is now replaced with a temporary plexiglass. Police say Minartz walked away empty handed leaving behind shattered glass at both locations and he may have gotten away with it all if Kemp hadn’t seen a familiar place on his drive home.

“We got around here to cleaning up stuff and I said ‘I’m going to run home and change clothes,’ and we had a camera shot of him and I saw him on the side of the road. I pulled off in a driveway to check it to make a positive identification and called the police and it was him. It was just a one in a million shot, and we found him,” said Kemp.

“When officers questioned Mr. Minartz about the incident he told them the devil came to earth and told him he had to steal a car to get out of hell. He was arrested on two counts of burglary.

HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) The man who admitted to breaking into two car dealerships in Henderson told police he did it because of the devil.

Henderson Police say Mill’s Auto Sales and D&T Auto Sales were both broken into overnight between Sunday and Monday.

Officers were able to locate and identify the suspect in the surveillance video as Josef Minartz, of Bowling Green.

Minartz told police the devil came to earth to talk to him, and Minartz said he stole a car to “get out of hell.”

Minartz did not know the name of the business, but said he broke into two dealerships.

He was taken to the Henderson County Jail on two counts of burglary.

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(This story was originally published on May 5, 2020)

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