A Fiat Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz dealership were vandalized during the riots.
In the last week, violent protests have descended into riots over the death of George Floyd, causing havoc across the US. Businesses have been looted, property has been damaged, and parked cars have been set on fire. It's harrowing to watch. Several car dealerships have also been targeted during the riots.
Last weekend, a Fiat Chrysler dealership in San Leandro, California, was ransacked by rioters, who seized the opportunity to break into dealerships and steal some high-performance muscle cars for a joy ride.
Shocking footage posted on social media shows a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, Dodge Charger Widebody, and a Jeep Grand Cherokee pulling out of the dealership and burning some rubber in the street after they were stolen from the 'San Leandro Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM SRT' dealership.
Following the unrest, the city of San Leandro was placed under a strict curfew, with an advisory issued by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office warning all residents to stay at home.
"All Alameda County residents are advised to stay home due to the civil unrest reported throughout Alameda County and the greater East Bay Area," the advisory said. "Unless personal travel is necessary, we are recommending residents stay home due to the high number of police actions. Currently there are multiple reports of large, mobile groups of rioters and looters traveling throughout the East Bay Area."
Sadly, this wasn't the only car dealership targeted during the riots. Footage shared on social media shows a group of rioters breaking into a Mercedes-Benz dealership located in Oakland, California, setting a Mercedes-AMG GT on fire and vandalizing several luxury cars, causing thousands of dollars of damage.
On Facebook, the Mercedes Oakland dealership shared a video showing the aftermath of the incident as employees work to clear up the damaged showroom. "Our family is rebuilding. We are a part of the community," the dealership wrote on Facebook in a post that has since been removed. At the time of writing, it isn't known if any of the thieves have been caught or if any of the stolen cars have been recovered.