Chevy Dealership Employee Steals New Camaro, Apparently Doesn't Know How OnStar Works

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2013 Chevrolet Camaro
If you're an employee at a Chevrolet dealership, you really ought to know that a stolen car can be tracked down to a precise location if that vehicle is equipped with OnStar.

Somehow, that point didn't register with a now-former employee of Courtesy Chevrolet, as police were able to locate a 2013 Camaro stolen from the dealership "directly" outside his apartment, according to police.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, 21-year-old Kevin Morales' employment with Courtesy Chevy -- on Camelback Road in Phoenix -- ended about two weeks before OnStar brought police outside his Glendale apartment. The documents don't indicate why that employment ended.

The Camaro had a license plate that was "only accessible to employees and not used for test drives," according to the documents. Additionally, Morales wasn't in sales, so he wouldn't be taking customers on test drives anyway.

Glendale police recovered the stolen Camaro, and found Morales' ID card, Social Security card, and other personal identifiers, according to the documents.

One of the officers responding to the scene took note of the vehicle parked next to the Camaro -- a new Chevy Traverse with a Courtesy Chevy logo on it, and a custom license plate reading "KEVANE7."

That license plate was registered to Morales, but it was assigned to a 2006 Nissan vehicle.

Police relayed the VIN of the Traverse to the dealership, and they discovered they were actually short two cars. Court documents indicate the dealership had "no idea" the Traverse had been taken and clarified that Morales had no authority to have either car in his possession.

Morales told police that he went on a test drive with a friend he only knows as "Martin."

"He said he didn't know how, but Martin must have taken the car," an officer writes in his probable-cause statement. Morales said Martin was always driving the Camaro over to his place to hang out. That story didn't really add up.

According to court documents, Morales admitted to driving the Traverse over the past few weeks.

Morales was arrested and booked into jail on two felony charges of vehicle theft.

He told court employees that he's currently working in sales at Camelback Ford, which is a stone's throw from Courtesy Chevrolet.

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How about a car dealership that has so little reconciliation of its inventory that it doesn't even know that a vehicle is missing?



Have you ever seen a big dealer's back lot?  They have a lot of cars and as they are taken in and out on drives they aren't parked in any particular place.  

So to answer your question, they don't have any idea on a day to day basis exactly where all their cars are but they do take inventory on a regular basis and that's when missing cars can show up.  It takes some time before a vehicle is missed.


I have seen a big dealer's back lot.  I've even walked them with sales people when looking for a specific model, color, trim, etc.  The article doesn't tell us whether the Traverse had been missing from the lot for a day, a week or a month, but if it was missing from the dealership for any more than a couple days the dealer isn't reconcling its inventory on a sufficiently regular basis.

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