More than $1 million worth of vehicles stolen in car heists in Franklin and Fayettville

Posted at 5:59 PM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 20:01:07-04

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — Thieves stole a dozen vehicles at three car dealerships in two cities over the weekend.

Franklin Police are asking for your help to help find seven high-end vehicles worth more than $670,000.

The vehicles were stolen from Walker Chevrolet on S. Carothers Parkway. It appears the suspects were able to cut through a fence to gain access before 10a.m. on Sunday. An employee arrived at the dealership Monday morning and found a glass door had been shattered, keys and fobs were missing, and seven vehicles were gone.

"Sounds like somebody planned it out," Billy Gilbert said.

One of the vehicles stolen from the Carothers Parkway dealership was a high-end corvette which was valued at $150,000.

"That's a getter," Gilbert said, "That's a real big hit isn't it."

The vehicles were driven off the property according to police.

"It's sad. People shouldn't do that. I mean it's wrong for them to do that, and they should realize you know that it's not a good thing," Vickie Young said.

Just a day before the Franklin heist, thieves hit two dealerships in Fayetteville, Tennessee. The thefts happened early Saturday morning at Fayetteville Dodge and Howard Bentley dealerships. According to police, the 5 cars were worth roughly $350,000. A Chevrolet Camaro, Corvette, Jeep Trackhawk, and Dodge Challenger were among the vehicles stolen. Investigators later recovered the Jeep and Camaro in Birmingham, Alabama. Police believe it's possible that the two cases are connected.

"I was shocked when I heard it," Young said, "I don't understand how they could do that."

Until the thieves are captured, other dealerships might be next.

"High alert and tight security," Gilbert said.

If you have any information on the Franklin incident, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at (615) 794-4000.