Dealership theft: Thieves caught on camera stealing nearly $1 million worth of luxury vehicles from the Autobarn collection in Evanston

EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) – More than a dozen high-end vehicles were stolen Monday from the Autobarn Collection in Evanston, police say.

“It was almost like they were just shopping and paying for something,” said Sam Mustafa, co-partner, The Autobarn Collection.

The thieves were captured on security footage arriving in what police believe was a stolen SUV just after 2am Monday morning at the dealership in the 1900 block of Greenwood.

“Just a state of shock. I couldn’t believe it,” Mustafa said.

They can be seen using an object to break through the glass and once inside ripping the alarm system out of the wall and then stealing 14 luxury cars in the space of six hours.

“It’s just amazing to me the amount of moxie they had to come back again and again, taking more cars each time, fearlessly,” Mustafa said.

The stolen vehicles include Porsches, Mercedes and Audis, and are only worth a hair under a million dollars, according to Mustafa.

“The offenders’ ability to turn off the audible alarm was definitely a contributing factor to their ability to take 14 cars and have the time to do so,” said Cmdr. Ryan Glew, Evanston Police Department.

Police are now looking for the thieves as another investigator concern persists.

“These high-end stolen vehicles, they are very fast and luxurious vehicles, are used in other crimes,” Mustafa said. “So that’s a concern, but we should know in a few days if that’s the case in this flight.”

Mustafa said they have insurance to help replace the vehicles, but they still hope the suspects get caught.

“I think they will find them. We have trackers in some of the cars. And detectives are working hard to find these people and I will show up on every court date. I won’t miss one,” said Mustapha. .

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