By Huw Evans
In what is being considered as a very ambitious vehicle heist, five brand new Camaros, including one placed right inside the showroom, were stolen from a GM dealership in North Charleston, South Carolina. According to police investigating the theft, each of the cars was apparently driven off the lot, with the whole operation taking just moments to execute.
The total value of the stolen Camaros was in excess of $240,000, though perhaps proof that every cloud has a silver lining; the most rare and valuable of all the Camaros stolen; a brand new 2013 ZL1 coupe was later recovered. It was found in the parking lot of a Lexington County hospital, displaying only minor damage to the rear bumper and 114 miles on the odometer. It was also sporting a stolen license plate.
The theft is believed to have taken place during the wee hours of Monday, August 13th; when employees showed up at the dealership later that morning, they found the ZL1 missing from the showroom and a key safe that had been pried open; four other Camaros, three SS V8 coupes and one convertible were also missing from the dealer’s lot.
Ken French, marketing and events director for the dealership, Crews Chevrolet, was clearly relieved that the ZL1 was found, though considering that the OnStar locators built into each Camaro were apparently disarmed, he said that tracking down the others might prove challenging. “The cars are so nice you hope they weren’t being sold for parts,” he remarked.
A spokesman for North Charleston Police, Spencer Prior, said on Friday, August 17, that the case was still in the investigative stage and that as of that time, no suspects had been identified.
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