A Dozen Cars Stolen from Dealership Near Hayward

Auto World Motors on Mission Boulevard is victim of car theft.

By Bay City News Service

A dozen cars were stolen from a used car lot in unincorporated Hayward early Monday morning, an Alameda County sheriff's spokesman said.

The 12 cars, all mostly foreign makes and older models, were taken
sometime between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Monday from Auto World Motors at 21572 Mission Blvd., just north of the Hayward border, according to sheriff's
spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson.

As many as four suspects kicked in the dealership door and found the box with the car keys and drove off with the vehicles, Nelson said.

One car, a Jaguar, was recovered nearby where the suspects appeared to
have deserted it when it ran out of gas, Nelson said.

Auto World Motors employee David Zazai said this morning that the
 loss is estimated at $200,000.

"You don't expect something like this to happen," he said.

He said the car lot is a family business that opened about three
 years ago.

"This is our life," he said.

He said other nearby car dealer owners are now scared.

Damage to the business included broken doors, locks and trampled 
offices from what appeared to be a messy search for the key box, Zazai said.

He said the business is open but with so much of the inventory 
gone, it is affecting sales.

Although the business already has surveillance, an alarm system and a gate around the car lot, he said the owners are considering beefing up security measures.

Nelson said authorities are investigating the theft. Investigators
 are reviewing surveillance footage from the business and know there are three 
or four suspects involved.

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Tim January 23, 2013 at 07:14 AM
Although the business already has surveillance, an alarm system and a gate around the car lot, he said the owners are considering beefing up security measures. Yea, say as in not leaving the car keys accessible? Most reputable car dealers have a coded safe that holds the keys 24/7. Managers and sales associates have pass codes to remove each key as needed.
Mitchell Lehrman January 27, 2013 at 04:02 PM
OK Patch: I was in business for 30 years on Mission Bl. I took the keys home with me every night. Criminals come in posing as customers case the place and because they are so slick one might not know. They get their homies together and perpetrate a crime like this. They may have been inspired because it's open season for criminals in Oakland. The Sheriff's department must take this as an ultra high priority on this and apprehension and conviction is extremely important. If not I could see this behavior escalating.
Ken Briggs March 29, 2013 at 03:20 AM
some one knew where where the keys were at . better get a better alarm system .
Ken Briggs April 10, 2013 at 02:46 AM
patch should have up to date stuff . this is a little old .


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