Do you remember back in the day when it was easy to tell if you were being robbed or not?
If three men walked into your place of business with masks on, you immediately knew it. But today, in the age of COVID it is more out of the ordinary to be able to identify someone who may be up to no good.
Don’t get me wrong, this new precaution is necessary but criminals are certainly taking full advantage of the new normality.
According to North Carolina officials, investigators are on the lookout for three unidentified men who allegedly stole more than $1 million worth of new cars over the past few months.
Pretending to be prospective customers, the men walked into dealerships and asked to look at a car. As soon as the sales person looked away, the men switched the keys with fakes. They then said the car is not for them and leave.
With “keys” in hand, the salesperson was none the wiser and went about his or her day. The group of thieves then returned to the dealer later in the day and drove off in the very cars they looked at earlier.
Police say the suspects made off with a black 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and a red 2020 RAM 1500 Rebel from Team Chevrolet of Creedmoor, NC, on Dec. 17. Three days later, the crew hit up Capital Chevrolet in Wake Forest, NC, and stole...
...a yellow 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray using the same tactics.
Both times, the men were seen driving a newer model silver Toyota Highlander to the scene and investigators have released images of it and two of the men, along with a reward of $1,000 for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction.
But the pictures are likely to be of no help as the men are doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID. However, if you can identify these two men by looking at their eyeballs, investigators are seeking your help.
Oh and, as far as the silver Toyota lead is concerned, this same group of guys is believed to be involved in multiple other cases that span two states, so it is likely stolen as well. Nevertheless, if you have a lead for the police, call the Creedmoor Police Department or Granville County Crime Stoppers.