Ford F-Series pickups have historically been near or at the top of the Most Stolen Vehicles from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), including 2020, when the Ford F-150 and Ford Super Duty topped that list, an inglorious result that the F-Series repeated in 2021. Recently, we’ve seen a series of thefts affect F-150 owners in particular, as well as some brash incidents at actual FoMoCo facilities, where thieves made off with Ford Performance wheels last summer and a host of Ford Mustang GT500s from the Flat Rock Assembly plant just this week. Now, that trend continues, as roughly one million dollars worth of 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor pickups were stolen from a Dearborn Truck plant storage lot last weekend, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Thus far, police have recovered 13 of those 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor pickups in and around the Detroit area, according to City of Dearborn spokesman Bilal Baydoun. “There was evidence of fences being rammed,” Baydoun said. “When they (trucks) were recovered, you could see signs of damage and some things were stripped away, tires, that kind of thing. They were in various states of disrepair.”
As of this writing, police have arrested one person in connection with the thefts, but didn’t provide any further details, as this is an open and active case. However, Ford spokesperson Kelli Felker confirmed that the automaker is cooperating with police in regards to the investigation, and reportedly placed multiple calls to law enforcement last weekend following the massive theft.
Unlike some previous plant-related thefts, it seems as if these F-150 Raptors were parked behind a locked fence at least, though that didn’t stop the thieves from smashing through it on their way out. It’s unclear how they were able to get away with so many trucks, though we imagine this won’t be the last we hear of this case.