Sheriff: Burglars Cause $108,000 in Damage at Auburn Car Dealership

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AUBURN -- Burglars caused an estimated $108,000 in damage at a car dealership in Auburn last week, according to the Placer County Sheriff's Office.

Police in Auburn are hoping someone can help them figure out who stole the car radios out of 27 brand new Toyotas.

Tony Toohey, owner of Magnussen’s Auburn Toyota, said the thefts early Halloween morning could not have come at a worse time.

"Had an appointment with my insurance agent. She was here right about the same time and we came in and discovered what had happened," Toohey told FOX40.

The brand new SUVs and cars had their touch-screen radios removed.

"I have no idea what they’re going to do with them because they’re so car specific," Toohey said. "I don’t know how you would put them in another car because they’re attached with strands of wires that have dozens and dozens of wires in them. You can’t splice them, they don’t work when they’re spliced."

Some vehicles also had their car batteries stolen.

"These individuals they cut through a locked gate, went into the dealership and stole all these stereos and batteries," said Placer County Sheriff's Lt. Andrew Scott.

Detectives are reviewing surveillance of the suspects. Toohey told FOX40 there were at least three of them.

While it’s still unclear how they got into the cars, as none of the windows were broken and their keys were locked up, deputies warn they could strike again. FOX40 was told some of those cars may have been left unlocked but that’s a policy the dealership may change.

"I don’t think that this will be the only one that these individuals have done so I would expect that we may see it again either in Placer County or somewhere else," Scott said.

The damaged cars are being fixed and will be back up for sale soon.

In the meantime, Toohey said his dealership is beefing up security.

If you see anyone selling a brand new touch-screen Toyota car radio call the sheriff's office.

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