Internets, assemble. Not one, not two, but three S2000s have been stolen in the Houston area in the past two days. There may be others — these are just the ones I know of via those who've posted about them. My advice? Hide your S2K if you're in Houston.
S2000s are somewhat notorious for occasionally being totaled when the front seats get stolen, so to say that most owners are very protective of their cars would be an understatement. To have three go missing in the same week is going to raise more than a few eyebrows.
This might be Patrick's fault.
One of the victim's apartment complexes in the Galleria area captured video of two white males in a green late 1990s/early 2000s Honda Civic towing his car away at around 2:3o a.m. on July 26. They unlocked the car, placed it into neutral and towed it away with to the Civic.
A couple days later, another S2ooo ten minutes away was stolen. Many believe that these two are probably related since they happened so close to each other.
Another one in Houston has gone missing since then as well. It may be related, but no one has posted any further information on that car.
Items from stolen cars often appear on Craigslist, eBay and other sites, so here's the identifying information that the owners of the two Galleria-area cars have posted:
- VIN #JHMAP21465s008241 (appears on all car panels, per the owner)
- VIN #JHMAP21425S003862
- Texas license plate CP6 J088 (no front plate)
- OEM silver hard top
- Emblem on the right side says "2000S" (left side is normal)
- T1R 70R V3 single header-back exhaust with cat fix
- Koni Yellow shocks with Eibach springs
- K&N FPIK intake
- OEM wheels with new Kumho Ecsta ASX (2) and Kumho AST (2) tires
If these turn out not to be a coincidence and someone has three S2000s sitting around in one place, they can't be that hard to find...right? Here's hoping for a speedy resolution for all parties (and a swift kick in the nuts for whoever stole these cars).
UPDATE: There's now video of the silver car being stolen, but it doesn't look clear enough to make out a plate.