HAYWARD -- Alameda County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for suspects who robbed a used car dealership early Monday morning, making off with 12 vehicles, including Jaguars, Mercedes and BMWs, police said.

The robberies, which took place some time between 1 and 4 a.m. at Auto World Motors at 21572 Mission Blvd., were caught on tape by video surveillance cameras positioned around the business, Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.

The thieves, who smashed doors and windows to enter the business, broke a lock box containing the keys to the dealership's vehicles, Nelson said.

According to David Zazai, who works at the dealership and is a cousin to the owner, some of the vehicles did not have gas and one Audi was found parked on city streets nearby.

"Employees arrived about 9:30 a.m. and found half the inventory gone," Zazai said. "I hope we find out who did it. Hopefully it gets resolved."

About $200,000 worth of inventory was taken from the dealership, Zazai said. Based on the video surveillance, there were about four suspects involved in the theft.

"Somebody knew how the operation worked," Nelson said. "We have the tapes ... we'll go from there."

Contact Erin Ivie at eivie@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/erin_ivie.



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