A Southwest Florida luxury car dealership is out hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise after three Porsches were stolen from its lot on Tamiami Trail in Naples. According to a report from Naples Police, an employee at Porsche of Naples notified a manager on Tuesday that a 2017 Panamera was missing, along with its key fob. After a vehicle inventory, they realized that two more Porsches - and their keys - were also gone.
"Either the cars are being stolen to be sent overseas, or dismantled and sold as parts," said Bob Joyce, general manager at Naples Motorsports, another luxury car dealer in town.
He said that key security is like a ritual at his dealership.
"Every evening before we leave, we know what we have in our inventory and we know where our keys are," Joyce said. "They all go into a secured location."
Thieves have targeted pricey cars in Naples before. Joyce said dealers should have cameras inside their stores, as well as outside, on the lot.
"I'm sure a lot of these vehicles that are stolen are inside jobs, because it's very difficult to steal these cars," he said. "Most of the time they're looking for the easy way, and that would be with the keys."
Also in Naples Tuesday, a loaner car from the Mercedes-Benz dealership on Airport-Pulling Road was reported stolen from the driveway of a home on 7th Street South. The driver told police that she believed the car was unlocked, and that the keys were left inside.