4 crooks steal several car keys from Pompano Beach dealership

POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Employees at a car dealership arrived at work to see a hole in the wall and two high-end cars driven off the lot.

Those employees checked the surveillance video, which caught the scene as several crooks tried to get away with a black 2009 BMW 328 sedan overnight, Thursday.

The four men walked up and down Dixie Highway, in Pompano Beach, before coming closer to the auto store, Friday, at around 2 a.m. The crooks cut the surveillance camera cables on one side of the building and then broke a hole through the wall. A camera on the other side of the business captured the men clearly.

“They first came in, walking down the street. They cut the cables from the camera, and point the camera up, over there they point the cameras another way. They broke in and went in through that hole,” said the general manager, only identified as Carlos. “They tried to avoid the alarm system.”

Once inside the building, they pulled on the security wires inside the building to get to the box of keys. They grabbed 12 keys and headed to the parking lot to decide which cars they wanted. “They knew where to go,” Carlos said. “They knew exactly where the box for the alarm system was, breaking the alarm system.”

Whenever a car would drive close by, the security cameras captured the men running off to hide. They left the scene in a 2009 silver Nissan Rogue and a 2009 black BMW. The Nissan has since been found, but the owner of the business said he’s worried about the other 10 vehicles with missing keys.

“That’s one of the biggest problems right now,” Carlos said. “The keys missing, besides being expensive, right now is the least of my worries. It’s just like if they come back at night again and try to pick up the other vehicles.”

The hole in the wall has been patched up, and the business owner said he and his employees are recoding as many cars as they can before nightfall. The cars that they cannot change the keys to or the code to, they will take off the parking lot.

The business lost several thousands of dollars from this incident and the BMW alone has a market value of $12,000.

If you recognize those men or the missing BMW, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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