John Seabrooke

An absolutely unbelievably perfect blue 2002 Subaru WRX was stolen from Brooklyn, New York City this morning after years of maintenance, tunes and modifications from a loving owner. If looking into those sad bugeyed headlights makes you angry cry at the thought that someone could snatch it from a loving home, help us get this car back to its owner!

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Update: the car has been located! Details follow the original post:

The car was stolen from Bushwick, Brooklyn at 3 a.m. Monday morning and was seen crossing the Williamsburg bridge via a traffic camera at around 3:30 a.m. The last reported tip claimed to have seen the car “headed south west on 36 just outside of Staytonville, Delaware” around 4:30 p.m.

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The car is a blue 2002 Subaru WRX bugeye with gold Prodrive wheels, yellow Brembo brakes, a carbon fiber roof and rear diffuser, and Recaro seats. It belongs to John Seabrooke, who is trying to post to as many forums as possible to get people looking for the car, and reached out to Jalopnik for help.

John Seabrooke

Update: John says the new Florida plate number is GPS U72.

You can follow the full six year build journal posted by John over at the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club forums, and it’s quite the specimen. If you see the car please immediately report it to the police.

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If you have any other details, you can email the owner at: jseabrooke@me.com

Let’s bring this beautiful car back home to its owner. I know we can do it.

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Update, October 24, 2016 10:40 p.m.:

The car was spotted by fellow Subaru owner Nick Hodgson on the lower East Side of Manhattan on 2nd Street, between 1st Avenue and Avenue A. The owner, John Seabrooke, contacted the police to meet him there and, yep! It’s the car.

According to John, who I spoke with over the phone, the thieves changed the license plates, popped the ignition to get it started, went for a joyride adding around 100 miles to the odometer, took the car’s head unit, some “hard to find” carbon fiber pieces from under the hood as well as the $1,500 carbon diffuser.

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John was informed by the police on the scene that they no longer screen stolen vehicles for prints, so if you have information that could provide any indication as to who stole the vehicle, shoot John an email or contact the police.

The great news is that the car is back in less than 24 hours from being stolen, mostly intact, and most importantly still running! That’s unbelievable! Great work everyone; especially you, Nick Hodgson!

Here’s photos from the spot the car was located:

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Photo credit: Nick Hodgson

Hat tip to John and Megan