According to the NYPD, crime is on the rise in New York this year. This includes car theft, and it’s not just car owners who are the victims. Some thieves choose to steal cars directly from car dealerships. Even with security systems and cameras, car dealerships are still big targets for theft.
Fox 5 News New York reports that this week a group of thieves stole more than a dozen luxury vehicles from a dealership in Queens. They took a total of 26 vehicles valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is the second time in a month that a dealer has sold Used vehicles in New York was the target of organized car thieves.
Thieves take precautions to avoid detection
Thieves broke into the Car Siri car dealership on Queens Boulevard on Sunday evening. They cut the power to the company so that the surveillance cameras could not record them. The car thieves then broke the lock on the security gate and entered the office where they found the car keys.
The criminals drove off with cars, making multiple trips to the dealership in an effort to take more inventory. In the end, they walked away with a total of 26 cars with an estimated combined value of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Auto thefts on the rise in New York
This was the second car dealership robbery in New York City in the past month. A car dealership in Jamaica, Queens was the target of a similar robbery on October 13. Police believe they may have been the same group of criminals as they used similar tactics to evade security cameras and gain access to the grounds.
They stole 19 luxury cars worth over $800,000. The NYPD recovered two of the stolen cars, a BMW and a Mercedes, but the suspects are still at large. Experts believe thieves will sell many of these stolen cars overseas, to places like Africa and the Middle East, where luxury cars often fetch high prices.
The NYPD says auto thefts are up 34% in New York City so far this year. This is part of an overall increase in crime in New York and across the country.