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(WRAL)   Thieves are caught on camera stealing $600K worth of cars from a car dealership. The owners are hoping they get their two used Honda sedans back with little damage   (wral.com) divider line
    More: Awkward, Automobile, high-end cars, Theft, dealership lot, security cameras, Robbery, Winston-Salem, part of a car theft ring  
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1814 clicks; posted to Main » on 09 Dec 2022 at 11:35 PM (8 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-12-09 11:40:05 PM  
Why would someone risk jail time stealing a Dodge?
 
2022-12-09 11:43:50 PM  
I'd bet good money that the key locker is a sheet metal box that bolted to the wall.

Let's keep the keys to a million dollars worth of inventory in a $250 "safe"

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2022-12-09 11:49:21 PM  

pnkgtr: Why would someone risk jail time stealing a Dodge?


Are you suggesting that if you're gonna steal cars you better get out of Dodge?
 
2022-12-09 11:51:40 PM  

scanman61: I'd bet good money that the key locker is a sheet metal box that bolted to the wall.

Let's keep the keys to a million dollars worth of inventory in a $250 "safe"

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As a security guard, that's a...

*puts on sunglasses*

safe bet

/Tip your waiter
 
2022-12-09 11:53:45 PM  
John Hiester, the owner, indicated these large-scale thefts seem to be part of a car theft ring

Damn, John, save some brains for the rest of us.
 
2022-12-09 11:58:53 PM  

scanman61: I'd bet good money that the key locker is a sheet metal box that bolted to the wall.

Let's keep the keys to a million dollars worth of inventory in a $250 "safe"

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It's to prevent theft by convenience.
If you really wanted to steal 600k worth of cars and there are no keys you just use tow trucks.
Most prevention is a balance of convenience and security, its not often 600k worth of cars get stolen from a dealership.  My brother has worked at dealerships over 10 years and has never heard of a car being stolen from any of the owners dealerships.  The cost to lock down the entire building, lot and keys out weigh the inconvenience and expense.  In the rare case something happens there is insurance.
 
2022-12-09 11:59:57 PM  
The entire theft unfolded over a matter of mere minutes, with video showing the incident happening within a 15-minute window.
"If you look at all the camera angles, you notice them dropping them off in different parking lots," said Stephens. "They are running everywhere, almost like it was rehearsed."

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2022-12-10 12:03:41 AM  

ctighe2353: scanman61: I'd bet good money that the key locker is a sheet metal box that bolted to the wall.

Let's keep the keys to a million dollars worth of inventory in a $250 "safe"

[media-amazon.com image 303x492]

It's to prevent theft by convenience.
If you really wanted to steal 600k worth of cars and there are no keys you just use tow trucks.
Most prevention is a balance of convenience and security, its not often 600k worth of cars get stolen from a dealership.  My brother has worked at dealerships over 10 years and has never heard of a car being stolen from any of the owners dealerships.  The cost to lock down the entire building, lot and keys out weigh the inconvenience and expense.  In the rare case something happens there is insurance.


Houston dealerships get hit all of the time.  Not usually for entire cars but stuff like having wheels/tires stolen off 30 high end trucks in one night, or getting hit for 50 catalytic converters.  Shiat like that happens when you're too cheap to pay for security.

In the rare case something happens there is insurance.

Socialize the risks, privatize the profits.  Keys should have gone into a real safe at night.  I bet the money does.
 
2022-12-10 12:30:18 AM  

moothemagiccow: The entire theft unfolded over a matter of mere minutes, with video showing the incident happening within a 15-minute window.
"If you look at all the camera angles, you notice them dropping them off in different parking lots," said Stephens. "They are running everywhere, almost like it was rehearsed."
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One, Armani suits and run. Two, Air Jordans for  you...

Homage to The Dirty Dozen (YouTube has this marked "Age restricted"):  https://youtu.be/fX_NZtMDd3A
 
2022-12-10 12:31:36 AM  
John Hiester Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Well, there's your problem. Thieves thought the guy's name was Heister.
 
2022-12-10 12:41:36 AM  

ctighe2353: scanman61: I'd bet good money that the key locker is a sheet metal box that bolted to the wall.

Let's keep the keys to a million dollars worth of inventory in a $250 "safe"

[media-amazon.com image 303x492]

It's to prevent theft by convenience.
If you really wanted to steal 600k worth of cars and there are no keys you just use tow trucks.
Most prevention is a balance of convenience and security, its not often 600k worth of cars get stolen from a dealership.  My brother has worked at dealerships over 10 years and has never heard of a car being stolen from any of the owners dealerships.  The cost to lock down the entire building, lot and keys out weigh the inconvenience and expense.  In the rare case something happens there is insurance.


That's how used car dealers get you. It's cheaper to let stoned and drunk teenagers go for joy rides and to pay towing companies to tow the cars to a car wash and back to the lot, where they can turn back the odometer  than it is to keep them without gas in the tank.

That's how they get you. Yes. Yes, indeedy.

Occam's razor does not apply in the "real world".

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2022-12-10 12:42:56 AM  
It costs a fortune to put gas in the tanks of a lot full of cars and to top them up as needed.
 
2022-12-10 2:16:27 AM  
A new car dealer just maybe ends up getting reamed for once. I think i have a tear forming. Yes yes i think it is a tear oh wait it was only a leftover woofday wednesday.
 
2022-12-10 3:01:58 AM  
Same thing happened in the UK this week, but at least they took an AMG G Wagon and an Ariel Atom.

/once drove an Atom
// span it in 4th gear at about 40mph coming out of a corner
 
2022-12-10 5:34:56 AM  

pnkgtr: Why would someone risk jail time stealing a Dodge?


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2022-12-10 6:06:20 AM  
I had a Dodge Duragno once, It had an engien problme.
 
2022-12-10 6:59:38 AM  

The Brains: pnkgtr: Why would someone risk jail time stealing a Dodge?

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Ironic given that a lot of police patrol cars are now dodges.

So here's the thing I don't get...ok this is obviously organized crime. From other articles I've read recently about similar occurrences they primarily sell the cars illegally. Ok cars still going to need license plates. What do they do remove the vin numbers or give them fake vins? It's only a matter of time before any buyer of these vehicles are caught.
 
2022-12-10 7:38:36 AM  
Were they diesel cars? Because if they were, the boys in the thread one below have had a busy week.
 
2022-12-10 8:19:42 AM  

RandomInternetComment: The Brains: pnkgtr: Why would someone risk jail time stealing a Dodge?

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Ironic given that a lot of police patrol cars are now dodges.

So here's the thing I don't get...ok this is obviously organized crime. From other articles I've read recently about similar occurrences they primarily sell the cars illegally. Ok cars still going to need license plates. What do they do remove the vin numbers or give them fake vins? It's only a matter of time before any buyer of these vehicles are caught.


Two options with these:
First: chop shop. It'll probably be difficult to use the electronic parts (they're often locked down pretty hard) but everything else should sell easily.

Second: sell them overseas. Nobody gives a shiat about stolen foreign cars in Central or South America, Africa, SW Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia, and probably China. Hell most people would probably celebrate crimes against Americans. They'd be like trophies.

However, the fact that they're Stellantis and specifically Chrysler products means that whoever's stealing them has really bad taste and is probably on the low end of the criminal ladder. Real mafiosos and warlords and dictators and such go in for Mercs and Hiluxes and Rolls-Royces, or at least classic cars like GTOs and Hemi Cudas. No self-respecting crime boss in Estonia or Cambodia or Russia wants to get in a Challenger or Jeep Patriot.
 
2022-12-10 3:31:42 PM  
If still in US been stripped for parts.
 
2022-12-10 6:31:16 PM  
lol dodge durango srt is $85k

who the fark pays $85k for a DURANGO
 
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