Cops: $200k worth of luxury cars stolen from Lowcountry dealerships

Cops: $200k worth of luxury cars stolen from Lowcountry dealerships

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston and Mt. Pleasant police are investigating after three luxury cars worth more than $200,000 combined were stolen from three different dealerships.

According to police reports, the thefts were reported last week.

At 9:14 a.m. on March 11, officers responded to a missing $93,000 Audi which was taken from the dealership on Savannah Highway.

Police say the vehicle was parked in front of the showroom, and was last seen at 7 p.m. on March 10.

An employee told police when he grabbed the wireless key fob in order to set the alarm off so that the car could be located, he realized that the key fob he was using had been switched with a different one.

Also, cleaning crews said they were in the business from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and reported seeing the missing vehicle on the lot as well as a silver sedan parked nearby on Parkdale Drive.

According to police, when the cleaning crews began walking to the dumpster near the sedan, the vehicle drove off.  Charleston investigators say they believe the Audi may have been stolen while the clean up crew was on location, since a gate was open as crews were cleaning.

On the same day at 8 p.m. in Mt. Pleasant, a police officer responded to the Chevrolet dealership on Highway 17 for a report of a missing $76,000 2016 Chevy Camaro Z-28 Coup. The car was parked at a front lot, and there were no drag markings or glass breakage where the vehicle had been. 

The Camaro had on-star, but authorities were not able to find it.

According to employees, the car had been on the showroom floor for several months and was placed in the front of the business a week before it was stolen. 

On March 14, investigators responded to a report of a $56,000 Mercedes missing from the dealership parking lot at Baker Motor Company on Savannah Highway.

The complaint told police that he last saw the vehicle at 10 a.m. on March 11 when an inventory of the vehicles on property was taken. The vehicle was noticed missing at 10:30 a.m. on March 14.

Officials at the dealership said they attempted to locate the car using emergency buttons on the keys, but were unable to locate it.

No signs of forced entry were seen in the area where the car had been parked. 

Investigators have not said if the crimes are connected.

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