6 Ford Mustangs Were Stolen Right out of the Factory

The Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic cars in American history. Due to it’s notoriety, many people want their own Mustang. More often than not, customers will buy a Mustang from a dealership with their own money or the bank’s money. That’s not the case for everyone, though, and while most car thieves will steal a car parked somewhere, thieves recently stole six Ford Mustangs right out of the factory.

Car thieves will usually get away with it

A silver 2022 Ford Mustang parked outdoors.
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Having your car stolen is something many car owners fear, and there’s a good reason for that. Sometimes, a car will be stolen and sent to a chop shop where it will be chopped up and sold for cash, and obviously, it would be difficult to get your car back if that’s the case. Another common thing that happens to stolen cars is that they will be used to commit crimes.

Other times, a thief will steal a car to take it on a joyride, and this is the best-case scenario as this option usually has the least consequence. Folks who own a rare or exotic car may see their car end up in a collection somewhere. Overall, if your car gets stolen, there’s only about a 20% chance it gets returned and a 12% chance it gets returned without damage. 

It’ll usually happen very quickly if you can get your car back,. That said, there have been cases where a stolen car took decades before returning to its rightful owner. Fortunately, in this recent case of stolen Mustangs, some of the cars were found quickly, and one of the suspects caught.

How thieves stole six Ford Mustangs straight from the factory

According to Click on Detroit, this theft happened at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant, and interestingly enough, it wasn’t the first time thieves stole Mustangs from this plant. Just a couple of weeks before this particular theft, five Mustangs were stolen from the plant. The difference between these two thefts was that in the most recent theft, the police were able to catch at least one of the suspects.

In total, the thieves stole six GT500s, which are high-performance trims of the Mustang. One of the suspects was caught only because three of the stolen Mustangs were spotted at a gas station, and they were trying to fill up with gas.

The police came onto the scene and chased the stolen Mustangs. All three eventually ran out of gas, and the police arrested one suspect. The other two Mustangs were abandoned and the other three stolen Mustangs haven’t been located yet.

The powerful specs of the 2022 Ford Mustang

While a standard Mustang is a cheap and capable car, the GT500 trim makes it a very powerful and expensive car, so it’s no surprise that thieves targeted it. A GT500 starts at just over $76,000, and if it’s loaded with options, then its price tag can jump to over $110,000. The main reason why the GT500 costs so much is, of course, its engine.

It comes with a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 that gets 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque. This powerful engine will allow the Mustang to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. And unsurprisingly, it’ll allow the Mustang to have more muscle than a lot of other sports cars. This engine is not very fuel-efficient, though, as it only gets 15 mpg combined, so it’s no surprise the thieves ran out of gas so quickly.

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