BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Three cars were stolen from a Mercedes-Benz dealership on Main Street in Clarence in the early-morning hours of September 3, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
Police say that upon gaining entry, the subject removed key boxes containing keys for used cars and stole three cars during three different trips to the dealership. The three cars stolen were a 2021 Bentley Continental valued at $235,850, a 2022 Mercedes-Benz G Wagon valued at $204,850 and a 2022 BMW M8 valued at $104,650.
“It seems to be more of an organized, coordinated effort to take some high value and high end vehicles,” Tim Carney, chief of police services with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, said. “People are breaking into the business. Breaking glass. Going in around the back or the side after hours and locating the keys to these vehicles and opening the bay doors and driving the cars out.”
Two other cars were stolen from the same dealership in July. The sheriff’s office says the incidents could be connected. No arrests were made in the July case.
“They’re trying to make a determination if its the same group of people that are involved…There’s been some other burglaries of this nature where high-end vehicles were stolen,” Carney continued. “At the end of the day, you’re going to get caught. You can only pull something like this off on so many occasions. There’s going to be a policeman in the right spot at the right time.”
All three vehicles were recovered.
Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo did not speak with News 4 on camera, but dealership president Robert LaMastra issued the following statement.
I would like to thank the men and women of the Erie County Sheriff’s Department who assisted on site and in the field helping to locate our vehicles. Car thefts for both individuals and businesses are now a common threat in Western New York, and we appreciate the continual diligence from all our local and state law enforcement agencies.Robert LaMastra, President of Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo
No charges have been filed so far and the case is still under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to reach out to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office at (716) 858-2903.
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