‘Even the crooks love Fords’
SOUTH STORMONT — A brazen late-night heist of brand new pickup trucks netted thieves five Fords from the lot of a local dealership in Ingleside.
“Even the crooks love Fords,” says S.G. Wells proprietor Dave Cassell in a brief moment of levity a day after the “devastating” loss.
All of the stolen trucks were 2019 models whose combined value Cassell estimated at $400,000 to $500,000. Though well insured, he says his company is still out about $5,000 after deductible.
Cassell says he has no doubt the thieves are part of a sophisticated gang targeting car dealerships, employing the latest tools and devices to circumvent vehicle security measures. “These guys were real pros.” One of the culprits even taunted on his security video by looking straight into camera while wearing a mask and hoodie, he adds.
The group gained access to the S.G. Wells property by squeezing under the west fence before cutting the lock on the east gate around 1:30 a.m., according to Cassell. They exited the lot with their ill-begotten vehicles around 3 a.m., he says, “and away they went.”
Staff at the dealership noticed something amiss about 1 p.m. that afternoon when they spied a truck with damage, prompting the discovery that others were missing. “We thought there was between seven or eight gone but … it’s five.”
“We’ve got the video surveillance, we’ve got the gates, we’ve got fencing, we’ve got good lighting,” he observes, sounding frustrated that it still wasn’t enough to stymy the criminals. “It pisses you off that you’re violated.”
The loss marks his first theft-related insurance claim in 40 years of selling cars, says Cassell, who acquired the South Stormont Ford dealership four years ago.
Four of the five missing trucks are F150s — one red, one green, one silver and one black. The fifth truck is a black F250, according to the SD&G OPP, which continues to investigate.
SOUTH GLENGARRY — An ATV was stolen from a South Glengarry business on Hay Rd.
The SD&G OPP reports that the green 2000 Yamaha YFM400 disappeared from the property sometime in the last few days.
The theft was reported to the detachment on June 20.