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This should go without saying, but if you commit a crime, don’t post anything that links you to that illegal act on your Facebook page. Case in point: the guy who thought it would be a good idea to post a picture to his Facebook that showed him posing with the car he just stole.
Matthew Adam Thompson and his friend Samuel James Clayton Harvey, both of Cary, N.C., stole a Mercedes-Benz vehicle from a car dealership. Apparently proud of his accomplishment, Thompson decided it would be a good idea to post a picture to his Facebook profile that showed him and his partner in crime in the parking lot of his apartment complex posing with their latest acquisition. Someone must have tipped off the cops, and the police busted them on a range of charges, including breaking and entering, second-degree burglary, possession of stolen goods, possession of cocaine and felony conspiracy.
This just goes to show that not everything that happens in your life should be posted on Facebook – just ask this BMW salesman. Some things are best kept to yourself.
It may not be automatic, systematic or hydromatic, but that didn’t stop someone from taking off with John Travolta’s classic Mercedes-Benz.
It may not have been Greased Lightning, but Travolta’s 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL is just as valuable as his iconic movie ride. What’s worse, he only left his car for about 10 minutes while he went into a Jaguar dealership in Santa Monica. He parked it on the street, went inside, and when he returned, it was gone.
There were no witnesses to the theft and no new leads as of yet. The 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL can sell for about $100,000. Next time John, forget the exercise and park in the dealership.
Stolen cars tend to be more mundane vehicles which can easily be exported to another country or chopped up for parts. Or both. But celebrity chef Guy Fieri, host of shows like “Minute To Win It” and “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” had something a little more exotic stolen from him, and the heist’s execution wasn’t exactly normal either.
According to reports, the thief rappelled down the roof of the building, busted the lock on the San Francisco dealership’s garage door and made off with Fieri’s yellow Lamborghini Gallardo. Police are dumbfounded as to what someone would want with such a high profile car, but our guess is that it’s no longer in the United States.
The 1999 and 2000 Honda Civic Si (known as the SiR in Canada) have been named as Canada’s most stolen cars, with the 2000 model taking the top spot, and the 1999 following it.
Previous years have seen the Subaru Impreza WRX, Acura Integra GSR and Integra Type R claim the title, but the Civic Si, with its twincam VTEC motor, was built in substantial numbers and has proved to be an attractive target for thieves. The Cadillac Escalade, Acura RSX Type-S, Acura Integra, the “Audi Quattro sedan” (we assume they mean the Audi A4) and the Hummer H2 round out the top 10.
Canadian auto theft is split roughly between chop shops looking to sell desirable parts and organized crime rings, who take vehicles and ship them to overseas locations where they are re-sold.
Police in Seattle, Washington are using Twitter to help fight auto theft by making it easier to publicly broadcast stolen vehicle reports, and allowing citizens to keep an eye out for the cars in question.
The account, imaginatively titled “Get Your Car Back”, will allow 911 operators to enter the vehicles details and location into a twitter post, that will be immediately broadcast to the account’s followers. Stolen cars that have been recovered will not be tweeted, however.
“I believe that this program will integrate seamlessly into our strategy to prevent and reduce auto theft in Seattle,” said Police Chief John Diaz. “It will also serve to increase public awareness on the subject.”
[Source: Seattle PD via the New York Times]