Cops: Band of Car Thieves Swarm Luxury Dealership and Drive Off With 8 Vehicles
Danny Halimi said the cars in the lot range between $11,000 to $28,000. The most expensive car stolen was the 2014 Cadillac CTS.
During a large scale car robbery in Tampa, eight cars were stolen and at least 12 cars were damaged as approximately 10 suspects got away, according to the Tampa Police Department.
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The entire Friday morning mass car jacking at Prespa Auto Sales was caught on security cameras.
"I've been in the business 20 years and I've never seen anything this extreme," owner of Prespa Auto Sales Danny Halimi told INSIDE EDITION.
Halimi said the cars at the lot range between $11,000 to $28,000.
Two suspects can be seen crawling into the office from a broken window. They reach into a drawer and grab a red bag that Tampa Police Department said contained all the keys to the cars in the lot. Another suspect brings out a trash can that was used to hold the keys as they sifted through the haul.
According to the Tampa Police Department, the suspects arrived in a stolen Honda Oddyssey, originating from Orlando. The minivan circles the block as the keys are distributed and each suspect enters a stolen car. The mini-van then rammed through the gates of the dealership, allowing the men to escape.
As each car exits the dealership, they can be seen disrupting traffic, and finally merging into the street, and escaping eastbound.
A final car attempts to leave the lot but instead, the man exits the car and runs into the car infront of his. They can be seen causing a disruption in the morning commute before they escape westbound.
"At least two additional vehicles were moved within the lot but not taken," the Tampa Police Department said. One engine was left running, and one car had crashed into a building near the dealership. Fourteen other cars in the lot, including a Porsche Panamera, were damaged.
According to the Tampa Police Department, the incident involved at least 10 men who are believed to be affiliated with a gang just outside Orlando.
Some of the stolen cars have been recovered, the Tampa Police Department reported on their website.
Halimi said the most expensive car the suspects stole was the 2014 Cadillac CTS, that was recovered with "moderate damage" by the Orlando Police Department.
A 2005 BMW X3 was involved in a single vehicle crash that Halimi considered a total loss, and recovered by the Florida Highway Patrol at an abandoned lot. Halimi said, "I would be surprised if someone wasn't injured during the accident.]"
A Maserati that originated from the dealership was also later recovered, sustaining over $10,000 worth of damage.
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