Thieves Steal Three Cars In 'Gone In 60 Seconds' Ram Raid
A gang of brazen thieves has busted into a car dealership on the NSW Central Coast, making off with three collectible 1980s Holden HSV Commodores.
It was scenes reminiscent of the Hollywood blockbuster Gone in 60 Seconds.
“Certainly some degree of planning and sophistication has gone into this and it appears to be a targeted offence," NSW Police Chief Inspector Paul Nicholls said.
Just after 11.30pm on Sunday night, three men turned up at the classic car dealership at Somersby, near Gosford NSW, in a stolen Toyota Landcruiser.
They casually and easily removed security bollards that were meant to protect the dealership's main front doors.
Security vision shows the men putting the Landcruiser in reverse and using it as a battering ram.
“That vehicle rammed through the front glass door of the premises allowing the offenders to gain access,” Nicholls said.
The men are then seen leaping out of the Landcruiser and driving two of the targeted vehicles out of the dealership before appearing to push the third vehicle out.
CCTV doesn’t show how the thieves made their escape with the stolen cars, but they do leave the Landcruiser behind.
“Two of the males have entered the premises where three collectable motor vehicles were stolen. Those vehicles had a combined value of around $350,000," Nicholls said.
Ken Grindrod, a devastated dealership owner, told 10 News First he’s shattered by the theft and posted on social media that he’s offering a reward for the return of the prestigious cars.
“The bastards got us last night and took three Commodores. We will pay a $20K reward to get these guys, low life scum.”
Detectives are still unclear how the thieves managed to get into the gated complex in the first place. There is no evidence of a forced entry through the two padlocked gates that surround the Kangoo Road complex.
A short time later, less than three kilometres away on Curringa Road in Kariong, an auto repair shop reported they had also been targeted with thieves making off with another rare Commodore.
“It was a 2010 model HSV model Commodore, it was a manual vehicle and is quite unique -- it's one of 13," Nicholls said.
“We’re certainly investigating whether there’s any link between these two offences."
Police are urging anyone who may have seen any of the vehicles on Sunday night or since to contact them.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Brisbane Water Police on 02 4323 5599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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