Car thefts continue to plague Ford, with thieves getting away with more than a dozen Mustangs last week. It’s the latest in a string of brazen thefts that have targeted automakers in recent months.
Thieves stole 12 to 15 new Mustangs around 2 a.m. on September 13, and police have recovered two so far, according to Fox 2 Detroit. The incident happened at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Woodhaven, Michigan. This is the third reported theft at the factory that produces the Mustang.
Woodhaven Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Brust told Fox 2 he doesn’t believe the incidents were isolated occurrences. He told the news channel he believed the robbers worked as a team and knew where to find easy targets.
The thieves also targeted the Ford F-150 Raptor. In June, police recovered 13 Raptors that had been stolen from the Ford Truck Plant in Dearborn. Not only did police find the vehicles damaged, but some were said to be in various states of disassembly. In July, thieves attempted to steal more Raptors, but police responded quickly. Officers pursued one of the vehicles, arresting several people and recovering the truck and a stolen Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.
Surprisingly, Ford wasn’t the only automaker targeted on Sept. 13. In Warren, Michigan, thieves stole at least two Jeep Wagoneers; however, police believe they are looking for at least five or six stolen vehicles. Police were able to locate the two, but the suspects fled.
The Flat Rock Assembly Plant had its first theft in December 2021. The thieves used a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 to break down a security door, allowing the thieves to take three more GT500s without damaging them. Police recovered two of the vehicles that night.
In late August, police arrested minors caught attempting to steal from a Stellantis storage lot at the company’s Jefferson North factory in Detroit. The youngest was 11 years old. The kids were trying to steal Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat models, which would have been a daunting driving experience for inexperienced young drivers.