Don’t you hate it when you drop off your girlfriend’s Ferrari at the dealership for some routine maintenance and some dude steals it? I know I do. It’s Friday night, and your girlfriend is ready to rip the town up with her 2015 Ferrari 458 Spider, and it’s gone. It would be one thing if her Hyundai Elantra got stolen, as usual, but not her Ferrari.
How does a Ferrari 458 get stolen from the dealership?
According to the Miami Herald, in 2017, Eadweard York went to get his girlfriend’s Ferrari 458 spider from the Ferrari & Maserati dealership of Newport Beach, California. The Ferrari was getting some routine maintenance done when, after an employee left the keys on the seat, someone took the opportunity and the car.
The woman who owned the car, Susan Friedman, was less than pleased when she received the call that not only was her white Ferrari 458 was not only not fixed, but was also nowhere to be found.
Apparently, all you need is a Ferrari jacket and some keys
An employee at the dealership left the keys on the seat of the Ferrari. A man was seen walking around the dealership in a Ferrari jacket and looking in various cars’ windows. After seeing the keys sitting in the front seat of Friedman’s 458, the man casually climbed in and took off.
According to the Miami Herald, the dealership didn’t know the car was missing until 27 hours later. After the dealer learned that a customer’s car was missing, the authorities were called, and a Ferrari hunt was afoot.
A few weeks later, Friedman received a call from the local police department letting her know that there were reports of a Ferrari like hers seen driving erratically in the area. The police tracked the car to a gas station where people reported a man with a white Ferrari asking for gas money. Of course, someone driving a $340,000 car is not who is typically asking for gas money, but when the suspected thief couldn’t work out how to put gas in the tank, people started getting really suspicious.
The gas station attendant said that when the suspect felt like he had drawn too much attention to himself, he tried to bail on the Ferarri by trying to sell it to him for $5,000. When the police finally came to the scene, the suspect took off on foot, eventually finding him hiding in nearby bushes.
He got in some miles on the stolen Ferrari
The owner’s boyfriend posted on social media that the suspect had allegedly driven over 1400 miles in the two weeks he had the 458. This might perk your ears up if you recall; the suspect had trouble figuring out how to put gas in the car when he got caught. If he did 1400 miles in the Ferrari, how did he do that without knowing how to put gas in it?
The authorities found a pretty rancid scene once they recovered the car. The alleged thief had left a number of drugs and paraphernalia in the car, along with a pile of his vomit. Other damages to the supercar included a broken paddle shifter, a destroyed gearbox, and cracked fins. The dashboard was chopped up, and all the rubber had been burned off the tires. The damages came to a total of over $50,000.
It’s not all bad, though; Friedman decided to take the insurance money and replace her mistreated Ferrari with a Lamborghini Huracan that she is reportedly delighted with.