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Owner says at least 5 cars stolen from Delray Hyundai

Posted at 6:31 AM, Apr 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-27 20:10:03-04

Delray Beach police are investigating an overnight burglary at a Hyundai dealership located on NE Sixth Avenue and Federal Highway.

Kevin O’Neill, one of the owners, said at least five cars were stolen overnight. 

O’Neill, who owns the dealership with his brother, Jim O'Neill, said the thieves cut power off to the building, disabling the alarm system.

Then they ransacked the building, taking cash, laptops and keys. All keys are usually locked up in a key safe but a few were put out that night because those cars were scheduled to be sold the next day.

“They hit the lot quick, they create damage and then they’re gone," Jim O'Neill said. 

Delray Beach Police are investigating but did not release the surveillance video. 

Despite all the security measures, the thieves were able to take off.

“Someone really wants it, they’re going to get it," Jim O'Neill said.

The suspects then drove the cars with full-speed through a gate. 

"That wasn't very smart," Jim O'Neill said. 

The lot is not fenced in. The suspects could have simply driven off with the cars instead of driving through a gate. 

O'Neill said the thieves even broke into another one of their offices on Federal Highway. He was notified about the incident around 2 a.m. by police. 

“I said: Oh no! Not again," Jim O'Neill said. 

In December, suspects broke into the dealership, stealing three cars. 

“We got lucky last time we got all of our cars back," Jim O'Neill said.