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Auto Thieves Target Fremont Dealerships

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FREMONT (KCBS) — Fremont auto dealerships have increased their internal security as police investigate the theft of several cars from their service departments last weekend.

Six cars, belonging to people who brought them in for repair, were stolen early Sunday morning from Fremont Toyota’s back lot.

Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said the back gate was left unlocked and that the keys, more than likely, were left inside the vehicles.

“I think it’s a crime of opportunity—that they know the practice of the dealership and they were able to go onsite fairly easily and they showed up with enough people,” she said.

Two vehicles were also stolen from BMW of Fremont last weekend.

Fremont Toyota Sales Manager Muneer Nabizada said his dealership was taking new precautions to make certain the thefts don’t happen again.

“I’m sad for the people who lost their cars at Christmas time,” he said.

“We’re taking some measures; we put in some blockers and we’re making sure that everything is locked.”

Meanwhile, Boques said police investigators plan to review the surveillance video on Tuesday.

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