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Five suspects escaped after unsuccessfully trying to steal high-end cars from a dealership near Lake Forest, causing damage in the process, after quick responding sheriff’s deputies stopped them.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office received a burglar alarm around 5 a.m. Monday at Executive Motor Carz, 13885 West Polo Trail Drive in unincorporated Lake Forest.

Deputies were responding when sheriff’s dispatchers received a 911 call from the owner of the dealership, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.

The owner reported information he was seeing on the cameras and dispatchers advised responding deputies.

“Our deputies arrived at the scene very quickly, within a few minutes of the alarm call,” Covelli said.

The first deputy at the scene blocked the entrance with his squad car.

Five offenders then fled on foot from inside the building.

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They entered a silver Audi SUV, which they arrived in and was likely also stolen from somewhere else.

The Audi fled at a high rate of speed and deputies initially pursued it but the speeds became excessive and they terminated the chase.

A preliminary investigation showed the offenders forced entry to a door to enter the building.

They located keys to five high-end vehicles and started them after gaining access to the building.

The suspects used a Range Rover to ram through a GMC that was blocking the passage of the high-end vehicles. “This is about the time our initial deputy arrived at the scene and foiled their plan,” Covelli said.

The Range Rover and GMC sustained significant damage in the incident.

Evidence technicians responded and processed the scene for evidence, including potential trace evidence. Sheriff’s detectives are investigating.

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“This is another example of great teamwork by our sheriff’s telecommunicators who were able to relay real-time information to our responding deputies,” Covelli said.