Earlier this week, we reported that there were more vehicles stolen from a holding lot at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit, Michigan. According to the Detroit Free Press, three people have been charged in connection with the two separate thefts from the same holding lot near the JNAP property.
The holding lot, which was hit twice last week by thieves (once on Wednesday and again on Friday), holds vehicles that have been produced at several FCA assembly plants prior to being shipped to dealers.
These incidents have not been the only reported thefts at the holding lot this year. Earlier in the year, the holding lot was hit by thieves, and six brand new Dodge Durango SRT models were stolen. Other FCA holding lots have also had vehicles stolen recently. In May, thieves also stole eight new Ram 1500 pickups from a holding lot at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Warren, Michigan, just a few miles from the JNAP facility. Most of those trucks were recovered; however, no one was arrested in connection with the crime.
During Wednesday’s heist, a Jeep Cherokee and three Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT models were stolen after the thieves crashed the fifth vehicle through the security fence at the property.
Cortez Peterson, 26, was arrested Thursday after Police found him with one of the stolen 2019 models. According to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Peterson resisted arrest.
Peterson has been charged with receiving and concealing stolen property-motor vehicles and resisting and obstructing a police officer. He has received a $2,000 cash bond.
During the attempted heist on Friday, two juveniles who have yet not been named, ages 14 and 15, were caught trying to steal more vehicles from the same lot on Detroit’s east side. Both teenagers have been charged as juveniles with seven counts of larceny over $20,000, one count of resisting arrest, and malicious destruction of property. Both are being held on a $25,000 cash bond.
FCA has yet to release another statement after releasing it on Wednesday. In their last statement, the company wrote…
“FCA US is working with the Detroit Police Department regarding the theft of several vehicles from a shipping yard managed by a third party near the Jefferson North Assembly Plant. As this is an open investigation, the company is not commenting any further on what vehicles were stolen or how they were stolen.”
If you have any tips or information, you are asked to contact the Detroit Police Department at (313) 267-4600.