Just a few weeks back, we reported on the theft of an Audi RS5 by a pair of creative thieves who managed to swipe the car's keys when the salesperson stepped away from their desk. Now, a Florida dealership is missing a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 after some crooks switched the Jeep's keys with an identical, non-functioning set.

According to the report from local NBC affiliate WPTV, the men went in and spoke to a dealer about the Jeep. They walked outside, took a look at it, started it up and in the process managed to switch out the fobs. After doing their time with the salesperson, the thieves walked back out to the car, got in and drove away.

"I mean obviously, the way it was done, I think that they were professionals and they knew what they were doing," said Arrigo Jeep General Manager Joe Tufo. "The fact that they did it in broad daylight and switched the key fob and it was like it was nothing. That's what makes it unique," he added.

Take a look below for the entire report from WPTV in south Florida.


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      The Law
      • 1 Year Ago
      Eleanor's next.
      omgcool
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is there a reason why most dealerships don't use high-def, full frame-rate security cameras by now? Digital storage is only getting cheaper.
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @omgcool
        A lot of dealerships still don't have cameras at all. The one I work at doesn't, the one my wife worked at didn't, the two I had worked for prior to this dealership didn't have them. Dealerships are very slow to adopt new technology for the most part.
      Eddie Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      The same exact thing happened at Naperville Jeep Dodge where i used to work! Except they used the same tactic to swipe two brand new SRT vehicles. One was a 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 and the other was a 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8... Maybe the same people?
      • 1 Year Ago
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      safeerexus
      • 1 Year Ago
      In an Asian country I've been to, every dealership from Mercedes to Toyota have one or more security guards at the entrance (like at an embassy) who will check each car that drives into & out of the dealership. Every sales or service employee has to clear with the guards before taking a vehicle out for any purpose. But even this isn't completely foolproof,as one of these very dealers had an incident where several SUV's were stolen by thieves using boats as the dealership lot was adjacent to a river !
      jtman9200
      • 1 Month Ago

      The key swap probably took quite a bit of planning to be able to do. I wonder if the salesman left the keys on a table when they spoke about the car or if he was able to swap them during the few moments he had them in his hands. I wonder if they just bought an extra set of SRT keys and used that. <a href='http://www.lostkeystx.com/services' > http://www.lostkeystx.com/services</a>

      Billy Farmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      I dont feel sorry for the dealers, they rip people off all the time.
        bluemoonric
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Billy Farmer
        People that do business with bad dealers rip themselves off. Be an adult and walk away, no dealer can force anyone to do anything.
        Al Terego
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Billy Farmer
        I feel sorry for you. Your head is full of useless crap.
        Storm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Billy Farmer
        Yeah brah more business regulation and stuff mannnnnn
          brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Storm
          No, we just need to get rid of the NADA. Let the corps sell their own cars. Then you will see a different ball game. This as someone who used to work in the car business.
        bluemoonric
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Billy Farmer
        Billy must be use to Buy Here Pay Here dealers. Low Credit Scores get nailed with High Rates.
      brianguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      a $50K vehicle huh... try $65K. a little 30 second G00gle research never hurts when reporting!!
        CJ_313
        • 1 Year Ago
        @brianguy
        It looked like a pre-refresh Jeep GC SRT-8, so it was probably $50k.
      miketim1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Someone stole a jeep ? Who cares.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      If this keeps up no one will be able to test drive any cars in the future.
        Narom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        If this keeps up, dealerships will have to stop employing easily fooled idiots.
      brianguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      $50K vehicle huh... try $65K. a little simple Google research never hurts.
      digiboi
      • 1 Year Ago
      The real crime is any product made by Jeep priced at $50K
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