According to KRON4 News, approximately 74 vehicles were stolen from San Leandro Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram in San Leandro, California on Sunday evening. The theft began as part of the looting surrounding protests across the country that have become violent.
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It all started around 7:30 pm when a riot of people arrived at the dealership. A few hours later, nearly $2.7 million worth the inventory of brand new cars were missing from the lot. Several videos from social media, show people stealing vehicles from the lots. Some of them included Ram 1500 pickups, Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats, Jeep Grand Cherokees, and even a rare White Knuckle-colored 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Daytona can be seen speeding off from dealer lot.
Carlos Hidalgo, the owner of San Leandro Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram told KRON4 News, “Oh, it was a war zone. They came in, finally got in here and they had tear gas and there were cars crashed everywhere. It was bad and 70 plus cars are missing.”
According to Mr. Hidalgo, looting started across the street from the dealership before leading to people breaking into the dealership and finding the key safe and taking the keys to the vehicles and driving them away. Some of the thieves used vehicles to crash through vehicle blocking access to the entrance of the driveway. With police attending to other issues around the city, the dealership suffered about 5 hours of looting inside.
Thus far, they have recovered over 20 of the vehicles. Some of which have been stripped of their engines and others found up to 150 miles away. The dealer has since hired armed security to watch the dealership, to prevent the action from happening again.