Auto thieves target Dodge Chargers

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published April 19, 2019

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ROSEVILLE — Several metro Detroit communities are seeing a series of auto thefts targeting Dodge Chargers. 

The city of Roseville saw two of the vehicles stolen April 9.

“We had two vehicles stolen on the same day in Roseville,” said Roseville Police Chief Ryan Monroe. “One was stolen off of Elizabeth Street, and the other was stolen off of Rosemont Street. The county is investigating, and we are aiding them in any way we can.”

The Macomb County Auto Theft Task Force is investigating the crimes, and personnel on the task force say the investigation is ongoing.

“All these cases are under investigation,” said task force leader Lt. Lawrence Duda, of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office. “We are working with other departments and task forces to see if they are developing any leads.”

Detectives are looking at similar crimes in the Metro Detroit area.

“I know there were two out of Roseville … taken from the Martin Road Gratiot Avenue area,” said Duda. “Eastpointe had more stolen as well, but they aren’t part of our task force, so we don’t know their numbers. They were stolen in the middle of the night, and people mostly discovered they were gone when they reported them in the morning, so it makes determining the exact time of the crimes hard to nail down.”

It’s unknown why Chargers are being targeted, other than it being a more expensive, high-end model.

“I can’t speak specifically why Chargers are being targeted,” said Monroe. “Sometimes certain models get hot for a while, and then the thieves move on to something else.”

Police are telling anyone with a car, particularly an expensive model, to park their vehicles in a garage or parking structure whenever possible.

“Try and park cars like that in the garage,” Duda advised. “These thieves are disengaging the transmission so they could push them away by hand, which is something tow truck drivers often do when picking up a car, so there’s only so much that can be done. Equipment like steering wheel locks can help, but even that is something a determined-enough thief can break.”

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.