Frank’s choice for his personal vehicle was usually a Buick, and he had become acquainted with a salesman at one of the dealerships. It turned out to be a man who was interested in supplementing his commissions.
One day the salesman asked Frank, “If I provide you with information for a robbery, how much would it be worth to you?”
“I pay my tipsters ten percent of the take. What have you got in mind?”
“Most of the down payment money we receive is cash, usually several thousand dollars for each car sold. Whatever we take in on Friday or Saturday stays in the safe until Monday; so Sunday would be a good day to do something. Are you interested?”
“I’m interested. But what if we pick a slow week and there’s not much money? I don’t want to do a job unless I’m sure it’s worthwhile.” “How much money does it take to be worthwhile?”
“At least forty grand.” “I’ll tell you what; I’ll make sure there’s at least forty thousand or more in the safe so you don’t waste your time. But in return for that I’d like to get fifteen percent.”
Frank agreed. “You’ve got a deal. I’ll have my crew ready to move on short notice. You call me when you’re sure the money’s right.”
The salesman called when he was sure there would be about $45 thousand in the safe over the weekend. The gang made their move that Sunday.
The dealership didn’t have any alarms, making it an easy target. A car tire jack was used to open the overhead door in the service department enough to slide under it. The burglars used winches from the service department to get the safe out of the office and put it in the dealership station wagon that was parked inside. It was a big safe and was difficult to get into the wagon. They managed to do it, but did a lot of damage to the car in the process. After that the parts department was raided and all the spark plugs taken. The station wagon was used to transport the safe and then ditched.
The salesman had been right about the amount of money in the safe and got his 15 percent of the cash. The spark plugs were separate and he wasn’t involved in that, so he didn’t get a cut of those profits. Frank continued to buy two or three cars a year from that same dealership and salesman. He felt that for a while he was playing with house money.