A Dozen Camaros Stolen From Carolina Car Lots
CHARLOTTE, NC- Crafty thieves are driving $65,000 Camaros off lots across the Charlotte area.
"They're not just sophisticated in their methods, but they're sophisticated in their taste as well," said Ray McKenney, owner of McKenney Chevrolet.
Not one, not two - but at least a dozen Camaros have been stolen from dealers in the Carolinas this year. The latest heist was at McKenney Chevrolet in Lowell.
The camaro was taken from the service garage. It happened sometime between 8p.m. when the dealership closed on Wednesday and 8a.m. when it opened on Thursday.
"The pattern is that they're coming to dealerships pretending to be a customer and they watching the dealership operations trying to determine where the keys are put," said McKenney.
Because of renovations on the lot, the alarm system was deactivated and there was no video surveillance that night.
"I think they're very brave and they're very educated. They understand when they come in what they're looking for and they go specifically for that," Sissy Parks, with Parks Chevrolet.
Three Camaros were stolen from Parks Chevrolet in Charlotte in January.
Police found one car burned and stripped of all parts on the side of the road in Aiken, South Carolina. That's leading police to think thieves are stealing the cars and selling the parts overseas.
"It makes you paranoid. You hate to put a car outside. You're very protective of all your keys. You're on your guard all the time and you don't trust people. When someone comes in to testdrive one... you're very leery," said Parks.
There were also Camaros stolen in Mooresville, Statesville, Rock Hill and Charleston.