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Thieves target car dealership in Spokane Valley: 'This break-in could shut us down for good'

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is looking for the person, or people, who broke into a car dealership in Spokane Valley late Tuesday night and stole two vehicles, but also made off with something much more valuable. The theft happened at the New Deal Used Car lot on N. Greenacres Road.

Internet Manager Scott Veillette says he thinks the thieves were specifically targeting one vehicle, an Escalade the dealership had recently purchased for resale. Veillette says the vehicle had several thousands dollars put into its stereo system, and he says he thinks the thieves had their eye on it for some time.

Veillette says they broke in late Tuesday, and went straight to the Escalade, but couldn't get it started. Instead of leaving, Veillette says they then broke into the office presumably to look for jumper cables. Instead, they found a safe. Veillette says the safe looks imposing, about the size of a soda vending machine. He thinks the thieves probably thought it was full of money, but that's not actually the case.

What was in car was basically useless to the thieves, but worth everything to the dealership. It was full of all the vehicle titles on the car lot. That's a problem because a car can't be sold without a title, so the more than 100 cars on the lot right now, will have to sit there until the titles can be replaced. Getting the titles replaced, says Veillette, could take up to three weeks.

That means they can't sell any cars, they can't make any commission, they're basically showing up to work to make sure the remaining vehicles don't get stolen.

Veillette says they've had people on the lot looking for new cars, but have had to turn them away, because no titles means no sales.

The dealership has put up a reward of $5,000 for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for this theft. 

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