Employee dragged out in armed carjacking at Kansas City dealership
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Police are investigating an armed robbery at a local dealership, but the stolen vehicle isn’t the worst.
A potential sale turned into an employee dragged into the parking lot of Van Chevrolet, Cadillac and Subaru and a thief leaving a Mustang.
âI could see the Mustang going about 100 miles an hour down this street,â said general sales manager Ryan Buis.
Security camera footage shows an employee and a man wearing an orange hoodie walking to view a blue 2018 Ford Mustang.
âI had a brief interaction with him, no alarm went off,â Buis said.
After several minutes of checking the interior, the employee left. The car was off, but it’s a push to start the vehicle.
âThe proximity key was close enough to where the thief might have started the vehicle,â Buis said. “Once he did that, he just took off and took off.”
The hood of the car was still up as he exited the parking lot. Meanwhile, the employee was on the ground, struggling to get up and get help.
âHe was thrown about 10-15 feet. So nicely skinned, âBuis said.
Police said this happened around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, just before the dealership closed.
âWe work hard, long hours and something like that, to put your employees at risk and their safety – it’s disheartening,â Buis said.
Jeff Rigg, the used car manager, heard it.
âTheft is vile as it is, but to put someone in danger for something like this, there is no respect for humans,â Rigg said.
He tried to chase the thief but couldn’t catch up with him.
âWe have a lot of policies and procedures in place to get where that doesn’t happen,â Buis said, âbut if the thief targets you, he has a plan, it can happen to anyone.â
There was $ 40,000 to speed up.
Buis said finding an inventory has already been a challenge during the pandemic.
âAs difficult as it is to replace vehicles right now in today’s market, it is a vehicle that we cannot replace, which is frustrating and it still has not been recovered,â said Buis.
The dealership filed a police report.
If you have any information or see the car, call the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department.
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