An independent car dealer in Manchester has been forced to pay £60,000 to have car locks changed after burglars stole every key for its stock.
A total of 148 car’s locks have been changed at Cobra Car Sales in Atherton, Greater Manchester, reports the Daily Mirror.
The business has now offered a £5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the criminals and a separate £1,000 reward for the recovery of the stolen keys.
The business, which has only been open since last November, was forced to stop trading and has also spent cash cutting new car keys and installing new security.
It is understood the raiders gained entry by smashing a back office window.
As well as the keys they stole a CCTV system and a Snap-on diagnostic machine worth £3,000.