WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — A disturbing craze involving burglars focusing on applied automobile sellers has strike a Wheat Ridge business.
In just less than a week, burglars have escaped with various stolen cars from Rock Automobile on West 44th Avenue, according to owner Dean Benallo.
The 1st theft occurred early Tuesday early morning. Burglars bought absent with a Ford pickup truck that was later on spotted on Tower Highway in close proximity to the airport.
“We function genuine hard to get the inventory that we can, and irrespective of whether or not we hold it is yet another problem,” Benallo said.
The second theft happened about 7 a.m. Friday early morning in the daylight as rush-hour targeted traffic drove previous the lot.
In surveillance video clip Benallo showed Denver7, the robbers can be found stealing a pickup truck, utilizing it to force the automobile Benallo’s staff put to block the exit of the great deal and then applying it to steal a boat on the whole lot.
“They took about 15 minutes to reduce the lock, hook up the boat and they were out of in this article,” Benallo mentioned.
The brazenness of the theft has him anxious about the subsequent hit.
“Which is the hardest thing since I can’t proceed to have vehicles stolen in a way that I supply for my relatives,” he claimed.
The condition has gotten out of hand, Benallo suggests, as more vehicles on his lot have been stolen and harmed, and much more catalytic converters have been stolen, in the past calendar year and a half than in the prior 5.
He thinks his livelihood is now at threat.
“Getting strike as much as we’re having hit is just putting a damage in on the small business,” he reported.
Benallo has reported each theft to law enforcement, but there is certainly not substantially they’ve been capable to do, he claims. Denver7 has attained out to Wheat Ridge Police for comment.
“If they do get caught, I consider they are usually out in a day or two,” he mentioned. “There is certainly just no regret for what they’re executing.”