The brazen theft of a C8 Corvette Stingray from the owner’s driveway in Miami Lakes, Florida earlier this week has left us scratching our heads with so many questions.
Like, how did the thieves get into a gated community that late at night? Answer: The security company that operates the gate is cooperating with police to solve that.
Like, how did the thieves manage to defeat the anti-theft system of this Arctic White mid-engine Corvette? Answer: They didn’t have to because the passenger door was unlocked and the key fob was inside the car.
Like, how do they hope to fence the car? Answer: We don’t know. Wouldn’t it be nearly impossible to sell such a high-profile car in one piece, and if the individual parts were offered for sale, wouldn’t it be easy to track down the thieves since there aren’t that many used parts on the market yet?
Like, why were the keys inside the car in the dark of night? Answer: That’s an easy one. “We had the car washed that same day, and when the car wash guy was gone, he put the key in the car because we weren’t in the house at the time, which we’ve done before,” owner Christine Camejo told WSVN 7 News. “We felt safe to do that in this neighborhood because we never had a problem.”
The entire theft was captured on surveillance video from the Corvette owner’s home, where a dark-colored SUV can be seen pulling up in front of the house at 3:15 a.m Monday. Three men hop out and run around trying to find someone’s car that’s unlocked, including one captured by a neighbor’s camera. Finally, they reach the Camejo home, try the passenger door of the Stingray, find it unlocked, and then see the key fob. Seconds later, the car is cranked and the perpetrators are driving off in their “hot” (literally) new Stingray!
“Seven o’clock in the morning, we wake up to realizing the Corvette – the C8 Stingray, brand new – is gone from the parking lot,” Camejo said.
The theft “definitely makes us feel violated,” she said.
“The real issue is not the car; it’s the safety in the community,” added Camejo, who has filed a police report and contacted her insurance company.
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.
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