Nolensville Pike Car Dealers Plagued With Burglaries
By Adam Ghassemi
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mohammad Nazeni has owned Tennessee Imports on Nolensville Pike for 32 years, but walking around his lot Wednesday was more depressing than ever.
It's not because of sales, but tools he's had to rush to replace.
"First thing I tried to do is find tools for my employees to start working," he said.
Surveillance video taken just last week shows thieves walking around Nazeni's lot trying to find a way inside. They eventually do before stealing keys before going truck to truck.
Their video system has 11cameras that captured the men spending hours going through garages and wheeling out carts of tools, to load in two pick-ups they take as well.
At one point, they realize the cameras are watching and they climb up to put a couple at less incriminating angles.
It's hours of footage Nazeni has a hard time even watching.
"I just don't want to look at it," he said.
Nazeni knows replacing high-priced tools, like laptops or diagnostic units, doesn't only affect him. Many employees rent space in his garages and use their own tools that were also stolen.
Now all of those people could soon be out of a job.
"I'm fixing to slowly and slowly sell everything I have and close the business because every year I lose a couple of hundred thousand dollars," Nazeni said.
His frustration goes up and down Nolensville Pike. Other dealerships are reporting thefts in recent weeks that make the cost of doing business almost overwhelming.
"The monetary aspect of it, of course, is significant, but it is really the stress and the extra effort that you have to expand in securing your property," said Seth Homayoon who co-owns nearby Metro Imports.
Metro Police say they arrested three men earlier this week on Bell Road. Azad Mizoury, Ahmed Alfaraj and Ahmed Al-Khafajy all face two counts of attempted theft charges each, and could be responsible for burglaries up and down Nolensville Pike, according to a police spokeswoman.
They say two other arrests could help solve many cases.