Maybe they mistook them for Hellcats?
Back on the morning of March 1, Lansing Police were called by security at the General Motors plant about “several stolen cars.” We’ve seen thieves hit car factories in the recent past since they apparently just can’t wait to steal vehicles from dealerships or private owners. What’s more bizarre about this case is nobody seemed to know how many cars were stolen.
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That’s right, a local news report detailed out how GM was busy taking inventory so it could tell police how many cars to track down. It’s not like the company has just been churning out a ton of vehicles from the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.
The facility was idled off and on for a good portion of last year. That was thanks to the chip shortage, with GM deciding the Camaro as well as the Cadillac CT4 and CT5 weren’t in enough demand to assemble many.
Back in November we covered how GM was assembly Camaros again, but some didn’t have chips installed. Those build-shy cars were supposedly being stored until the microprocessors were in high supply, but that still hasn’t happened. It doesn’t seem likely the cars taken didn’t have the chips, but we’re not sure about that.
According to the local report, the thieves drove off in the stolen cars. In other words, they weren’t towed away, so they were at least mostly functional. Some were reportedly found in nearby cities, but that information wasn’t confirmed by GM.
At a time when there’s so much chaos, criminals are taking advantage. We don’t know the motivation of this theft since little information has been released, even though we’ve waited to bring this news to you, hoping more details would be released. It’s possible they were taken just for joyriding purposes, to be used as getaway cars in other crimes, or that they were stripped of parts. Since we don’t know the state of the recovered vehicles, it’s difficult to say why they were taken. But one thing we do know is the crime problem in this country seems to still be spinning out of control. In other words, do everything you can to secure your vehicles and be sure to carry good insurance coverage, especially for theft, because you might need it.