North Carolina auto dealers are on high alert after more than $1.1 million worth of vehicles were stolen from nine Winston-Salem area dealerships starting March 17.
The thefts were conducted by 19 minors ages 9-16, authorities said. Stewart Binns, 19, was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle on March 25, and his lawyer had no comment, CNN reported.
James Juarez, general manager of Bob King Kia in Winston-Salem, told Automotive News that the kids would walk through the dealership saying they were waiting for their parents in the service department, but they were actually collecting keys that were left on salespeople’s desks in the showroom.
Three cars were stolen from Bob King Kia’s service department after the perpetrators used a crowbar to pry open the garage.
“Unfortunately, these kids are out of school and need something to do,” Juarez said. “It’s just a bad situation.”
All three vehicles were found and returned with minimal damage. Around 45 sets of keys were found in…