Several Chevy Camaros Stolen from GM Factory—Again

There hasn’t been much news on the Chevy Camaro’s horizon of late—unless you count the bombshell from last year that the muscle car is going electric, and turning into a sedan. Probably. While that change is still a few years away, we bring you some very different factory news regarding the Camaro. Early this morning, per the Michigan State Police, seven brand-new Camaros were stolen from General Motors’ Lansing, Michigan plant. Most of the Chevys were quickly tracked down by police shortly after the call came through at 12:17 a.m., after the cops set up a dragnet of sorts on a local freeway—unfortunately, once located, the Camaros’ nights took a turn for the worse.

Unsurprisingly, the thieves didn’t heed the police’s requests to pull over, forcing the authorities to deploy spike strips to bring the ensuing high-speed chases to a halt, but not after the chases stretched into several neighboring counties and approached Detroit to the east. The five Camaros were of course damaged during the pursuits, as you can see from the images provided by the Michigan State troopers. From the provided imagery, we can make out what appears to be a regular Camaro LT or SS and several supercharged ZL1 models wiped out into grassy areas beyond the roadway. At least one of the Chevys’ airbags deployed, and you can still see the pre-delivery plastic on the cars’ seats—at least on those models not damaged enough for you to tell such things.

Two of the Camaros got away, so the police in Southeast Michigan have their work cut out tracking those down. In the meantime, the authorities took into custody nine suspects and say the value of the recovered cars totals $375,000. Well, we’re not sure if that’s the cars’ retail value or post-police-chase-and-crash value, but either way—it’s not chump change. The chase and recovery involved police from multiple MSP outposts, two counties’ sheriff’s offices, two local jurisdictions, and a helicopter.

Believe it or not, but this isn’t the first instance of multiple-vehicle thefts occurring at Michigan car plants of late. There have been several heists involving security gates at Michigan factories getting smashed in before several cars are lifted, including a prior event just two months ago at the very same Camaro factory in Lansing. We figure GM is probably considering stronger security measures at its Lansing Grand River plant right about now…

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