Car theft is the worst. Except in the rare instances when everything bizarrely works out.
As a car owner, I don’t think there’s a worse feeling in the world than walking to your parking lot and discovering that your car just isn’t there.
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Early on Friday morning, a group of suspected young men rolled up to a Tampa, Florida car dealership in a stolen minivan. A stealthy operation resulted in eight additional stolen cars for their fleet, but cameras caught the whole thing—from sifting through the office for keys to ramming other cars on the way out.
A Texas man went into his local Taco Bueno to apply for a job on Tuesday night, but left with something even better. Temporarily. The hopeful job applicant walked out of the restaurant and straight into a newly acquired car—one he stole from the parking lot. That, folks, is how you (do not) secure a job.
After about two hours of extensive searching for a stolen car with a child inside, Baltimore police discovered that they’d sent out a helicopter to find a kid who was in daycare the whole time.
After intruders stole a pair of Ferraris—a 1986 Ferrari 328 worth over $100,000 and a 1972 Daytona worth $2.5 million—from an Australian repair shop on Friday morning, The Australian reports that the more expensive of the two was found ablaze the next day. The 328 remains missing.
Lots of money floats around the motorsports world, and that means theft. Sometimes this means extraordinary and audacious theft.
There’s a bizarre crime wave afoot in Mexico, in which thieves are targeting trucks transporting radioactive materials. But before you suspect terrorists, know this: in all of the recent cases (three in the past 18 months, including one this week), the robbers had no idea what they were stealing.
If you absolutely must commit an automotive crime, don’t be a complete and total dunce doing it like these idiots.
The New York Times’ resident tech dunderhead and style blogger Nick Bilton recently watched as a couple of rowdy youths hacked his car. It’s possible this guy inadvertently stumbled onto a good story.
In the Post-Soviet East, you never want to bring a gun to a fistfight.
The Acura Integra, a car that went out of production in 2001, is still on America's top-ten most-stolen cars list.
Car thieves are still going after cars that are easy to steal in New York, but not ones that are particularly glamorous. They're apparently trying to steal them for scrap value, making old Ford Econoline prime targets. And because of a silly loophole in the law.
Surveillance video captured the dramatic rollover of two Brazilian teens crashing a stolen car into another vehicle and a building at an estimated 93 mph (150km/h) while running from the cops. Amazingly, they survived with minor injuries.
From the biggest organized crime scams to the dumbest small-time mistakes, car theft doesn't get much more out-there than this.
With a massive New Jersey carjacking ring in the news, I have to wonder was what the biggest car-theft operation in history?
An unidentified man stole up to $100 from a woman trapped in her car after her Toyota collided with an SUV. The thief could have helped her, but he robbed her instead.
Mercedes-Benz is on top of the luxury car heap in America, but not for the reasons M-B bosses want. They're the most stolen luxury cars in the country.