8 cars stolen from family car dealership in one night
LAKEWOOD, Colorado – Owners of a family car dealership are devastated after eight vehicles were stolen overnight. They say someone walked into the dealership overnight and this person was caught on surveillance video stealing car keys.
“We don’t know how, we don’t know how they did it,” said Marjan Kandi, who owns the concession with her husband.
The dealership is equipped with a security system and surveillance cameras, but Lakewood police say there was no sign of a break-in. Kandi says the thieves moved the outdoor security cameras. Instead of facing the parking lot, the cameras were pointed at the ground.
“I mean, they were professional. They knew what they were doing,” Kandi said.
The car thefts occurred as the dealership faced a tough market: there is a shortage of cars and stocks are low. Imperial Autos had twice the inventory, but it was difficult to find affordable used cars.
“It’s very disheartening, very disheartening and when the income is much lower than it used to be, it really hurts the business,” said co-owner Amir Tosh.
Tosh said they also face the added cost of hiring a locksmith to rekey the other cars in their lot. He was concerned that the criminals would come back and steal additional vehicles because they took most of their keys.
“I want other dealers to know that so it doesn’t happen to them because it’s really tough,” Tosh said.
Tosh said police recovered five of the stolen cars, but three are still missing, including a black 2018 Ford F-150, a dark gray Chevrolet Suburban and a burgundy 2015 GMC Sierra.
“I hope we find them, I hope the police find the cars and I hope that doesn’t happen to anyone else,” Tosh said.