Jeep Trackhawks Stolen from the Detroit Plant

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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Six examples of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk were stolen from the Jefferson North Assembly Plant earlier this month and only one has been recovered.

Earlier this week, there was a rumor circulating around the internet that 10 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawks had been stolen over the weekend from the Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit. At first, the rumors didn’t seem to have much merit, until several trusted insiders provided information from factory workers confirming that Trackhawks had been stolen.

Some people online suggested that more than 20 examples of the Hellcat-powered SUV had been swiped, but there was no information on this alleged heist other than internet posts and insiders. However, FCA confirmed via email earlier today that Jefferson North was hit by thieves who drove away with six of the 650-horsepower Jeeps.

Trackhawk on the Track

The Official Word

When contacted in reference to the rumor of vehicles being stolen from JNAP, this was the official reply from an FCA US spokesperson:

“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, it wasn’t 10-20 vehicles and it didn’t happen over Thanksgiving weekend, but the internet story about stolen Trackhawks has proven to be true. Although one vehicle was recovered, it seems unlikely that the rest will be found in anywhere near intact, as two weeks is more than enough time for a skilled car thief to remove the valuable components before dumping the stripped skeleton. In some cases, vehicles stolen in Detroit are found within a day or two stripped to the chassis, so it seems likely that these Jeeps are still being driven around.

Longtime auto journalist Patrick Rall contributes to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Rennlist , Club Lexus, F-150 Online , and YotaTech.

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