VIENNA, Va. - A brazen theft of luxury vehicles from a Tysons Corner dealership ended with the cars being crashed and left heavily damaged.
Three of the imported cars, including a Maserati worth more than $120,000, were from Italy.
Imran Javid, the general manager at Safford Alfa Romeo of Tysons Corner, was revved up over the fact that the cars were stolen, taken for a joyride around the region and later crashed.
He said the thieves struck two days in a row the week before and practically ruined the vehicles.
“So the second day was a real shocker, they came in and said, ‘it happened again’ and I was like ‘how is that possible,’” Javid said. “A $120,000 Maserati. It has about $25,000 worth of damage. And the other one is roughly about a $53,000 car and it has got $4,000 or $5,000 damage. I think they were just joyriding them apparently they don’t know how to drive these cars.”
Javid said someone broke the back glass door to the dealership and stole keys to a high-end Maserati, an Alfa Romeo and a used Honda Civic early Wednesday morning.
The very next morning, Javid believes they were back for more, making off with another brand new vehicle.
“This time they actually shattered a lot of doors and inside, all the office doors were shattered and stole the car off the showroom floor,” Javid explained.
The crimes have left employees at the dealership on edge, worried that the suspects will strike again as the thieves also nabbed several sets of keys to other high-end cars.
“We’re coming into work and everybody is little scared, ‘Hey what’s going on? Why is this happening?’ We haven't seen this happen before,” Javid said.
There was no surveillance video of the criminals in action, but Javid said he has installed cameras to help keep a closer watch. Two of the luxury cars were found ditched in a neighborhood in Southeast DC and the Honda was left just up the street from the dealership.
Authorities said they were still investigating the thefts.