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A fleet of hot Ram trucks have disappeared from a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles assembly plant in Warren, Michigan.
Detroit Free Press

The Mystery of The Ram Trucks stolen from their factory were only deepened on Friday when two of the eight were found in Detroit. There were no arrests and the police fought for the outrageous theft.

Warren Police said six of the 2018 Ram Trucks had disappeared after a reported Hollywood robbery on Thursday from the Fiat Chrysler Warren Truck Assembly Plant. A red Ram apparently had no more gasoline road in Detroit. A white ram was found parked behind an abandoned house in Detroit.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said the automaker, whose North American headquarters is in Auburn Hills, confirmed Friday that eight vehicles were stolen, which seemed well planned theft. Police used to think that 10 or 11 of the popular pickups could have been taken.

The red truck was found at the 1600 block of the outer drive at Conant, 3 miles from the truck factory. Dwyer said Detroit police contacted Warren law enforcement after finding the abandoned vehicle on Friday morning, he said. A white truck was found around 15 o'clock. on Monica Street in Detroit after a caller called the Warren Police hotline in response to a newly announced cash reward. The exact location of the house was not available.

Police photos suggest the abandoned Rams were undamaged.

The fleet of Ram trucks disappeared Thursday at 4 am from the factory parking lot, which holds the vehicles for delivery to dealers. A security guard phoned 911 and reported how the vehicles crashed through a gate and turned south on the Mound Road.

The highly organized thieves drove into a factory from a Warren home in a 2003 truck, unloading drivers and cutting a hole in the factory's chain link fence to enter the yard. [FCA] On Friday, FCA provided police with vehicle identification numbers. The police did not know the colors of the stolen trucks more than 36 hours after the crime and had no surveillance video from the factory's private property.

Video is being sought by companies along the Mound Road.

"We move from wherever we can to different areas," said Dwyer.

FCA spokeswoman Jodi Tinson referred to the official statement released on Thursday: "FCA USA is working with the Warren Police Department on the theft of several Ram trucks … The company will review site security measures and make any necessary changes to prevent future incidents. "

The company declined to discuss the case any further.

A factory worker said on Friday that it is common knowledge that the ram keys remain with the vehicles after they have run off the line waiting for delivery. The worker said the plant is estimated to produce 500 to 600 trucks per shift, so separating the vehicles from their keys would create a logistical nightmare.

Several agencies are involved in the criminal investigation.

"I just think it's unusual for the number of trucks that were taken," said Dwyer. "I suppose they had a place to store the stolen trucks, probably in a warehouse."

Warren Police, who now works with Macomb County's car theft department, coordinates investigative teams across the region. The commissioner provided a new 24/7 tip hotline: 586-574-4877.

He said he believes that the attention of the aggressive media has contributed to the cooperation of the parties involved.

"We ask for information that anyone could have," Dwyer said. "Obviously, there are people who are aware of the theft and have information, and we ask these people to keep their information confidential."

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Warren Police offers $ 1,000 in cash to reward information that could lead to the arrest of people involved in the theft. "It's my experience that when you offer these rewards, people come forward," said Dwyer. "Money talks."

The crime was probably an orchestrated effort to fulfill an order for stolen vehicles, the theft lawyers said.

"We call it the 'mass-order business,' said Mark Wagenschutz, executive director of HEAT, an independent Michigan-based agency funded by insurance companies to prevent car theft." People think it's a Detroit problem , This is a nationwide problem. "

Dwyer could not tell if the Ram robbery was part of a crime ring or syndicate and found that the investigation was open and active, whether the target was the vehicle itself or a more expensive component such as the stereo or the navigation system is in. Crime rings take orders from stolen vehicles and also create networks to deliver parts illegally.

Ram ranks third among all vehicles sold in 2017, behind Ford F-Series and Chevrolet Silverados The top-selling F-Series sold 896,764, while Silverado sold 585,864 and Ram sold 500,723.

The new Ram is a popular vehicle with an estimated $ 30,000 price tag, with 143,216 already sold in the US in 2018.

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