12 cars stolen, dealer offers reward
NORMAN, Okla. – Thieves are plaguing a Norman car dealership. So far they’ve stolen 12 cars in two months from Reynolds Ford and Reynolds Mazda.
Surveying his lot for missing cars is now routine for the owner of the dealerships, Dale Daniels.
“They do have some nerve,” said Daniels.
Nerve he hasn’t witnessed in his 45 years of working at dealerships. Criminals took five cars from his lot in one day last week.
“We do feel violated,” Daniels says.
Daniels says the criminals have taken Jeeps, trucks and sports cars. They start the vehicles by getting the key from the lock box that hangs on each vehicle’s window.
“We have found some of these boxes totally destroyed like it was hit with a sledge hammer,” said Daniels.
In one instance, the criminals got a truck stuck in the mud while trying to drive it off the lot. The thieves bailed and left the truck behind.
Police called Salesman Randy Priest, and he put the truck back on the lot.
However, the thieves came back the next night and successfully stole it.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Priest. “That’s so much gall there. That surprised me.”
Police say these criminals have even been so bold as to strike in the early morning hours while employees are working in the service area.
The cars are difficult to trace. There are no tags, only vin numbers.
There are no security cameras at the lot either. Daniels says the technology is not worth the cost for the grainy pictures you usually get.
He has removed the keys from the lock boxes, and he keeps the parking lot lit throughout the night.
He’s not giving up on his hunt for the thieves.
He’s offering a $5,000 reward to the first person to turn in the thieves.