The Ancira family is looking for answers after 45 vehicles at their Leon Valley location were robbed of wheels and left on blocks early this past Sunday morning.
April Ancira, daughter of Ernesto Ancira and vice-president of the popular auto group, said in an email to mySA.com that 39 Chevy Silverados and six Camaros were hit by robbers at their Bandera Rd. dealership on the Northwest Side.
Surveillance footage showed 5 male suspects in hoodies leaving the property at around 5:25 a.m. Sunday morning in a Penske truck, she said. Two were loading the stolen property into the getaway vehicle, another two were ripping the tires off while one kept lookout, she said.
“It took 5 hours for them to do the job, how no one noticed is a mystery at the moment,” she said. “It is still early in the investigation.”
Leon Valley City Manager Kelly Kuenstler said the police department is working in conjunction with the Auto Theft Taskforce in effort to solve the case involving the 180 stolen tires and wheels.
Ancira addressed the incident on Facebook Tuesday morning saying, “Photos from this weekend’s ‘Block Party’ at Ancira Winton Chevrolet. Silverados had such a good time at the party, they can’t remember where they left their wheels.”
Though maintaining a sense of humor, Ancira said the total loss value is estimated at $300,000. The auto group plans on replacing the tires and “make them look good as new” to sell at a discounted price.
Several of the Ancira dealerships are part of the Car Pro Show.