I am an honest man, and part of that honesty also includes not stealing cars, although I did sat in the driver’s seat of my parents’ 1987 Volvo 240 without permission at the age of 9 to see if I could reach the pedals.
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A couple of not-so-honest men have apparently been lurking around the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant of Stellantis in Michigan, where four new Ram 1500s, including a monstrously powered TRX, were unlawfully taken away by brutal thieves. The truck nuts of these lawbreakers are pretty big, like last week at the same factory, another TRX was discontinued.
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, as this is just the latest in a series of stolen Stellantis vehicles. In the past three weeks, five Ram trucks have been stolen from a lot in Shelby Township; three Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebodys stolen from an Auburn Hills lot; and a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and Dodge Challenger Hellcat from the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, reports AutoScoops. (And a partridge in a pear tree…)
Since keys are often left in the new cars and trucks in factory parking lots, they can be seen as ‘crimes of opportunity’; however, local station WXYZ (what a cool station name!) thinks the key fobs could have been cloned for a quicker escape.
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Despite the recent Enhanced Security Valet Mode introduced by Dodge last year, it seems that if thieves want something bad enough, they’ll find a way to get it.
“Stellantis is working with the Sterling Heights Police Department regarding the theft of several vehicles early Tuesday morning from a shipyard serving the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant which is operated by a third party,” said Stellantis’ mandatory PR statement. “As this is an open investigation, the company will not comment further on which vehicles were stolen or how they were stolen.”
The Stellantis security team must ask themselves, “What’s going on?” Let’s just hope they find an answer.