Police in the city of Woodhaven, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, are searching for thieves who stole between 12 and 15 Ford Mustangs from the Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Fox 2 Detroit reported. Two of the stolen cars have been recovered already. The cars were stolen from a parking lot across the street from the facility. The brazen theft was followed by another theft at a Jeep manufacturing plant on the same day.
“12 to 15 new Mustangs were stolen from a lot in Woodhaven across from the Flat Rock assembly plant,” Fox 2 reporter Charlie Langton tweeted. “#Police recovered two of the Mustangs. This is the second time in a week that vehicles were stolen from this lot.”
Police said the cars were stolen from the lot at around 2 a.m. local time Tuesday morning. Langton reported that the cars were last seen driving northbound on Interstate 75. It was also the second such theft in the span of less than a week. Last Thursday, thieves stole another dozen Mustangs from the same lot, local radio station WWJ reported. Woodhaven Police detective Adam Ruffner told WWJ that the vehicles are each worth an estimated $60,000.
“It’s not an isolated incident,” Woodhaven Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Brust told Fox 2. “I’m sure these teams have been arranged, probably have a decent leadership, they know what they’re where they’re going, they know where the easier targets are.”
Two of the stolen vehicles were recovered on Monday, Ruffner told WWJ. One of them was located in Woodhaven, while another, stolen in a previous robbery, was found in Tennessee. The plant does experience a few thefts per year, but Ruffner said that this number is unusual.
The heist at the Ford facility was followed closely by another one on the other side of the Detroit metro area. Several Jeep Wagoneer SUVs were stolen after thieves broke into a Stellantis manufacturing plant on 8 Mile Road in the city of Warren, at around 5:30 a.m. local time.
Video from the scene, taken by Langton, showed that police had recovered two of the vehicles and were loading them onto tow trucks. The suspects escaped with an unknown number of other vehicles. Much of the police presence was across the road at the plant itself; the suspects reportedly smashed through the gate and took the vehicles from the parking lot.
“We’re looking at five or six vehicles at least, and they were the high-priced Wagoneers,” Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer told Fox 2. “When the guard came out he started to close the gate, they smashed the gate and luckily he wasn’t seriously injured.” Dwyer said the theft was a professional operation. “[They were] professionals to the extent that they know what to do and how to do it,” he said.
It is not known whether the incidents are related.
The two thefts on Tuesday morning follow what local news outlets report is a continuing trend. Police arrested two 19-year-olds outside a General Motors plant in Lansing after they attempted to steal a pair of brand new Chevrolet Camaros from the Grand River Plant. In August, Detroit Police arrested three young boys, aged 11, 12, and 14 while they were trying to steal brand new Dodge Hellcat Chargers and Challengers from a factory in the city. WWJ cited at least three more incidents that took place over the summer.