When Amir Asran parked his car Saturday morning at the dealership he runs with his father in Wilson, he started to panic.
That parking spot shouldn’t have been empty.
“A customer was standing there, and I didn’t want to alarm him,” Asran said.
After the customer left, he walked into the office to find part of it a shambles.
Not only had thieves made away with two cars on the lot at Majestic Auto Sales, but a large safe containing all the keys and titles to the cars in their possession: a total of 40 keys and 70 titles. And, to Asran’s bewilderment, files of recent sales.
“We’ve never really had any trouble at our lot, honestly,” Asran said. “We never thought this would happen to us.”
He called Wilson police, who are investigating. There were no signs of forced entry at the business, according to Chief Chris Meehan.
Asran and his father, Mohamed Assran, have had the business for six years. They lock up every night, he said, and Friday night was no exception.
The theft puts them out tens of thousands of dollars in replacement keys alone, plus potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost car sales, as getting new titles and keys may take more than a month.
“We don’t really know where to go from here,” Asran said. “Right now I just have paperweights, essentially, sitting on my lot.”
The stolen vehicles were a black 2008 Dodge Charger sedan and a black 2018 Infiniti Q50. The Infiniti is one of their most expensive cars.
They flattened the tires of the rest of the vehicles sitting on the lot and took the valves out, hoping that will deter the burglars from returning with the stolen keys and taking cars, Asran said.
The father and son have also added security measures to their home, fearing for their safety.
Anyone with information on the thefts can call Wilson Detective Daniel Pacchioli at 610-258-8542.
Morning Call reporter Kayla Dwyer can be reached at 610-820-6554 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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