SAN LEANDRO (CBS SF) – Police have made five arrests and recovered 59 vehicles, mostly high-priced Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats, that were stolen during a night of looting following an outbreak of violence associated with anger over the death of George Floyd.
As he watched looters ransack a Nike outlet across the street, the owner of the San Leandro Chrysler/Dodge dealership ordered his employees to secure the building and car lot the best they could and then get to a safer location.
The looters storm into the dealership, smashing windows and gaining access to a lock box containing keys to the cars on the lot. Moments later, video was recorded of cars roaring off the lot, some with drivers spinning the tires, leaving behind skid marks.
In all 74 new vehicles were stolen the night of June 1. Across San Leandro, dozens of stores were looted, ransacked and the Walmart was set on fire during the night of violence.
Carlos Hidalgo from the dealership told KPIX 5 as he surveyed the damage the next day that all the vehicles had tracking devices installed within their frames.
“We have trackers on them so we’re seeing the ones that out there,” he said. “They are racing around everywhere.”
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