Chalk one up for the computer nerds.
In this high-tech age, it might be a good idea for car thieves to search for a more honest way of making a living.
At least if the targeted car is equipped with an Onstar kill switch system.
A man in California knows that firsthand now after his attempted theft of a new white Corvette Stingray ended in his arrest when Onstar was used to locate the vehicle, activate a kill switch and decelerate it – all in less than two hours.
“Somebody came to visit our dealership and unfortunately thought it would be a good idea to try and steal a vehicle,” said Brian Bunnin of Bunnin Chevrolet in Culver City, Calif.
“We have a valiant, strong staff who tried to safely not allow this suspect to get away with the vehicle,” Bunnin said, “but for us safety is No. 1 and of paramount importance. A piece of sheet metal can be replaced or seemingly located by the police.”
In this case, actually a piece of plastic since it was a Corvette, but you get the idea.
The man took the car about 9 p.m. Monday from the dealership lot at 6101 W. Slauson Ave.
Officers chased the vehicle on I-10 and other freeways before losing track of it. However, Onstar came to the rescue, locating the missing Corvette and sending a signal that shut off the ignition and decelerated the Stingray around 10:40 p.m. about 60 miles away in Riverside, Calif.
After a short standoff, lawmen took the driver into custody.
Police told KNBC-TV that a dealership employee was injured when the suspect slammed the employee’s hand in the car door as he sped off.
The suspect, meanwhile, is facing grand theft auto and carjacking charges, according to Sgt. Luis Martinez of the Culver City Police Department.
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