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Grand Cherokee Trackhawks stolen from the plant

by Patrick Rall on

Earlier this week, a rumor began circulating around the internet that a bunch of Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawks had been stolen from their assembly plant in Detroit. The source was typical of an Internet rumor, such as “a guy I know at the plant told me”, but when more and more Detroit locals reached out to Allpar for more information, we contacted FCA for an official comment.

Sadly, it turns out that the majority of the internet rumor is true – there were some new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawks stolen from the Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP), though not quite as many as the online discussions suggested.

The Stolen Trackhawks
When this rumor-turned-official news first began spreading across the Internet, it was suggested that at least 10 examples of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk were stolen from the Jefferson North Assembly Plant. The details were sketchy, but most of the discussions indicated that there was some sort of movie-style heist, with high-tech criminals racing away with more than a million dollars in supercharged SUVs.

As time went on, that number of “at least 10” increased to 12, then 15, then as many as two dozen depending on where you were reading the story. Also, there were reports of multiple vehicles being recovered around Detroit.

Fortunately, we heard back from an FCA representative who confirmed that there were some Jeeps stolen from JNAP, but the numbers were lower than the online discussions claimed:

“FCA US is working with the Detroit Police Department regarding the theft of six Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawks from the Jefferson North Assembly Plant on Nov. 17, 2017. One vehicle has been recovered. Additional security measures have been put in place at the plant to prevent any further incidents.”

So, while it wasn’t millions of dollars’ worth of vehicles, someone did steal six Hellcat-powered Jeeps from the Jefferson North plant, but there is no word on whether the act of stealing the vehicles was as “Gone in 60 Seconds” as the online discussions insisted.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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