This definitely didn't go as planned.
Automaker factories not only churn out new vehicles but are also required to store them in massive parking lots until they're shipped out to dealerships. As with any high-value product, these vehicles are susceptible to theft and require round the clock security. Unfortunately, mistakes happen.
According to The Toledo Blade, a Jeep employee assigned to the shipping yard was struck and injured early Tuesday morning as a group of thieves were stealing six Ram 1500 pickup trucks. As the suspects fled the scene, one of them struck 60-year-old Becky Huston. She didn't suffer any serious injuries and will make a full recovery. As of now, the police haven't identified any of the suspects from surveillance footage taken at the scene. FCA said it's working with authorities to find the culprits.
As for the stolen trucks, five of them were recovered by late morning the same day. We haven't heard of incidents like this happening often, but in this case, it's clear the culprits were determined to make a quick getaway, no matter the cost. It could have been far more serious and even deadly.
Toledo, Ohio, specifically the Toledo Assembly Complex, is the longtime home of the Jeep Wrangler, Wrangler Unlimited, and Gladiator. From 2013 until 2017, it also built the Jeep Cherokee. Past vehicles built there also include the old Dodge Dakota, Dodge Nitro, and the original Willys Jeep.
Today, the plant employs over 7,000 workers and beginning later this year will also start building the power and electronics module and other related components for the Wrangler plug-in hybrid. The first-ever Jeep Wrangler PHEV is expected to launch as a 2021 model. Next year is also when the long-awaited three-row Jeep Grand Wagoneer should finally arrive.