CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Surveillance video captured a group of young men stealing nine cars from Atlantic Auto Sales and Platinum Auto Sales in Chesapeake.
The two dealerships share a parking lot that the vehicles were stolen from early Thursday morning.
Konstantin Siverin, the owner of Platinum Auto Sales said he got a call about the burglary when a customer showed up and found broken windows and keys scattered across the parking lot.
Siverin called Chesapeake police. When he got to work, he found the back window the burglars broke to get into his office.
“It feels sad, I don't know how to describe… sadness. It is what it is,” said Siverin.
Surveillance video showed the moment several young men broke into the office and rifled through it as they looked for car keys. At one point, one of the men realized he was on camera and covered his face.
Eventually, they found a lockbox where the keys are kept.
“It took them about 30 minutes from start to finish,” said Siverin.
“Once they found the keys, five minutes, they were gone.”
They got away with nine cars. Siveren said they stole a BMW, Audi, Lexus, Chrysler, Volkswagen, and several others. It was a $30,000 loss for him.
Despite the loss, on Friday, he said he’s trying to keep his head up.
“Life goes on, I mean, stuff happens,” said Siverin.
“At least everybody's safe. It’s material things, it can be recovered, it’s just a car. I sell cars, for me it’s just a car, that’s what I do for a living.”
Leo Kosinski, Public Information Officer for Chesapeake Police, said they’ve recovered three of the stolen cars as of Friday evening. A police detective told Kosinski they have some people of interest, but police did not release any further information as the investigation continues.
Siverin said he’s going to make some security changes to make sure it doesn't happen again.
“I’m gonna get a bigger safe to lock the keys, that's the message to other dealers: lock your keys,” said Siverin.
Siverin said he hopes police find the suspects and recover the rest of his cars.
If you have any information about the car thefts, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.