By Dennis Seid
TUPELO – The Maxima is one of Nissan’s best-selling cars, and the midsize sedan starts at about $31,000.
But in last two months, thieves have driven four of them off the Carlock Nissan lot on North Gloster Street.
General Manager Marc Navarre said the two most recent were stolen between Sept. 28 and Saturday.
“There was another attempt on Monday,” said Navarre.
The would-be thieves were brazen enough to make a try around 8:20 p.m. in the busiest part of town.
“I was still in my office and I saw them,” Navarre said. “I called the police.”
At the same time, a Nissan parts truck had arrived, which scared off the car burglars.
“There were two of them – he was the passenger. The other stayed in the driver’s seat,” said Navarre, who added that the duo were in a late-model Nissan Altima.
In the previous incidents, thieves somehow gained remote access to the vehicles, Navarre said.
With a remote, the thieves unlock the car then get it cranked with the push-button starter, which requires the remote. It only takes seconds for them to get away with a new car.
The dealership has only one entrance, which now is blocked after the store is closed.
The Tupelo Police Department has been working on the case of the stolen cars, and Navarre said anybody with information should call either the TPD or the dealership. Navarre said he isn’t aware that any other Tupelo dealerships have been targeted by thieves recently.
No other attempts have been made to steal other vehicles at Carlock, including more expensive trucks and SUVs.
“It’s only the Maxima,” Navarre said.