BUFORD — The financial loss is not the main concern for Jason Joel. That’s what insurance is for.
It’s the fact that he’s tired of and irritated with things being stolen from his Mall of Georgia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership. Usually it’s tires or rims, but early Monday morning, at about 2 a.m., two white males in their early 20s made off with a 2012 silver Chrysler 300 C SRT8, said Joel, the vice president of the dealership.
“It’s a car that would be fun to go out and raise a bunch of hell with,” Joel said.
Joel is offering $2,500 if someone can tell him where the $35,000 car is located, no questions asked, and $5,000 for an arrest and conviction of the thieves. The car is so rare, Joel said it would “stick out like a sore thumb” and anyone in the car business would snap their neck back if they saw it on the road.
Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Ed Ritter said Joel filed a police report on Monday.
The incident was captured on surveillance video at the dealership and a Wendy’s restaurant next door. Joel said the thieves broke into a sliding fence door and used tools to get on the lot, and with a key to the car already in hand, made a “bee line” to the vehicle and the heist was over within 20 minutes.
“I’m pretty sure they had keys to this car, not sure how they got that,” Joel said, added that managers at the dealership didn’t recognize the individuals on the video.
The thieves also made off with a tag from one of Joel’s employee’s car, which was BPF-8610, registered in Franklin County.
To find the suspects, Joel announced the reward Tuesday morning on the radio station 680 The Fan, and several car blogs.
Because of the way the dealership handles loss prevention, Joel said its insurance company uses the dealership as a model.
“We do so many things right, it’s almost impossible to steal,” Joel said.
If anyone has information about the incident or car, contact Joel at 1-800-649-1464 or Gwinnett County Police at 770-513-5300.
“I guess they’ve decided to tool around in it,” Joel said. “I’m going to pay somebody a bunch of money, put some people in jail. I’m tired of it.”