Car worth $117,300 stolen from Wesley Chapel dealership

Pasco County Sheriff's Office photo

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (WFLA) – They were slick. They were fast and they were sly.

Telling a story about a wife getting her car serviced, two men asked a Mercedes of Wesley Chapel sales guy to show them a 2015 Mercedes S-550.

That vehicle’s price tag is $117,000

Out on the lot, the men worked their scheme.

“He distracted the salesman while the other bald-headed unknown subject sat in the car and asked the salesman for those keys, asked if he could start it up,” Det. Brock Henderson with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said. Security cameras caught everything.

The men returned to the showroom and acted like they were going to wait in the service lounge. The salesman had no idea he’d just been had.

Cameras spotted the men lingering near the lot and that expensive Mercedes. “Key fobs were switched out with some dummy keys due to the keys being returned to the salesman and not working later on,” Det. Henderson said.

The men brought the fake fob with them.

Cameras caught them driving away in a car worth as much as a small house. The car has a tracking device, but so far, police haven’t picked up a signal.

“Usually these type of thefts are part of a larger organization crime. We see a lot out of (the) southeast, Miami area,” Henderson said.

It’s likely the thieves are pros. “They’ll steal a large amount of Mercedes, Land Rovers, Range Rovers, those high dollar amount cars, and they typically ship those off to other countries on the black market somewhere. It’s usually part of a large part of an organized ring,” Det. Henderson said.

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