Roswell police said a group of thieves took advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic by breaking into a shuttered used car dealership and helping themselves to several high-end vehicles.
The break-in occurred earlier this month at Roswell Auto Sales on Alpharetta Street, Channel 2 Action News reported.
Employee J.R. Hernandez told the news station his car dealership was closed for five days. When he returned April 9, he noticed that seven cars were missing.
“I opened the door, and pretty much the office was turned upside down,” he said.
In addition to stealing the keys and the cars, the burglars also took car titles, computers, cellphones and even a couple of pairs of sunglasses, Hernandez said.
The stolen cars included several BMWs and one Mercedes-Benz, police said.
Fortunately, one of the vehicles was equipped with GPS, and Roswell police were able to track three of the cars to a home on Keans Court nearly eight miles away.
“Our officers and detectives responded and a search warrant was executed,” Roswell police spokesman Lt. Noah Caplan said. “A total of three of the seven vehicles were located at that address.”
Police are still working to determine who stole the cars. So far, no arrests have been made.
Hernandez said he believes the thefts may be related to the pandemic and the recent rise in unemployment rates.
“People are desperate right now and of course there’s no work, no jobs,” he said. “They’re taking advantage of that.”
Anyone with information on the break-in or the location of the stolen cars is asked to contact Roswell police.
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