Surveillance footage captured thieves stealing six new 2023 Dodge Challenger Hellcats from the showroom of a Kentucky dealership.
CBS affiliate WKYT-TV reports the incident took place around 2 a.m. Tuesday at the Don Franklin Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Somerset. The cars are worth nearly $600,000 altogether, as each Hellcat is priced at $95,000.
“Really just heartbreaking. It’s $600,000 worth of cars gone. You know, that’s a lot of money. A pretty big deal,” Adam Bryant, manager of the dealership, told WKYT. According to Bryant, the thieves were familiar with the dealership’s security system.
“They came in through the rear garage door,” he explained. “They had some kind of idea of how our security system worked, it looked like.”
Bryant says a group of about seven individuals needed less than a minute to drive off with the fleet of Dodge.
“Once they tripped the alarm, it takes 60 seconds before it starts alerting,” he said. “They were gone 20 seconds before the alarm started to go off. The response time of the police was like three minutes. It was really good.”
Five of the six vehicles have since been recovered, as the thieves abandoned the stolen cars in various spots across Kentucky, while two of the cars were found in Tennessee and Alabama.
“We have an idea of where the last one is,” Bryant said. “It looks like they damaged the GPS on it, but it’s picking up and seems like it’s in Alabama. We’ve been working with law enforcement there and they’ve been helping us track it. But that’s really all you can do. You’ve just got to go on with business.”