Airports are some of the most secure places on Earth, but unfortunately, that doesn’t necessarily mean your car is going to be completely safe when parked at the nearby multi-storey. Four owners discovered this recently at Orlando Airport (MCO, for you hashtagAvGeeks) in Florida, and they all had one thing in common - their vehicles were powered by 6.2-litre supercharged Dodge ‘Hellcat’ V8s.
In what looks to be a targeted theft, a pair of Dodge Charger Hellcats, a Challenger Hellcat and a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk were taken from the airport’s parking facilities in the space of a single day. One was taken from the B-side parking, while the rest were stolen from the A-side building.
Both locations are the most expensive parking options at MCO, and the owners said they stumped up the extra cost in the hope they were getting more secure parking. They were told by police that there was no CCTV footage of their cars being taken, leaving them to wonder if there’s a lack of cameras in there. “We don’t discuss security device locations,” a Greater Orlando Aviation Authority spokesperson told News 6.
All cars were, at least, caught on camera when leaving the car park. Broken glass was found on the floor where the vehicles were originally parked.
Joshua Murillo, whose 2016 Charger Hellcat was stolen, said “I don’t feel safe, and I don’t recommend anybody going there”.
Thefts from the airport are rare, however. Highlighting just how unusual this story is, the four missing Hellcat-engined cars are among just seven vehicles in total pinched from the main parking structures at MCO so far this year.