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Thieves break into service bay with rock, steal $1.2M worth of cars using laptop

Among eight vehicles stolen from an Alabama dealership is a a rare 2023 Dodge Challenger Demon SRT 170 valued at $158,000

Arab, Ala.—Eight cars, including a rare 2023 Dodge Challenger Demon SRT 170 valued at $158,000, were stolen from the North County Ford dealership in Arab, Ala., according to an news report. Two of the vehicles, a Jeep Wagoneer and Ford Bronco Raptor, have since been recovered.

While dealerships have security measures in place, it’s not uncommon for a large dealership such as North County Ford to have millions of dollars in inventory on its lot at any given time.

According to the report, at 12:28 a.m. on April 9, the thieves used a rock to break a window in the service bay to enter the main building. Once inside, they found the security camera hub, turned off all the cameras and erased several hours of footage.

The dealership said the thieves plugged a laptop into the key safe, hacked it open, obtained 330 keys and made off with eight vehicles with a combined value of $1.2 million. The only physical evidence left behind was broken glass from the window found by the cleaning crew in the later morning hours.

North County Dodge was in the process of reprogramming replacements for all the keys that were stolen but have taken to Facebook to appeal to the thieves for their return. They are offering a $10,000 reward for the return of the keys “no questions asked.”

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