Brazen thief in daylight Jag jack

Brazen thief in daylight Jag jack

A Jaguar XFR worth $165,000 was taken in broad daylight from an Auckland car dealer on Monday.

The brazen heist is being likened to the movie Gone in 60 Seconds, about a luxury car theft ring.

A hightech device was used to unlock the car, police believe. CCTV footage from Beacham Independent Jaguar and Range Rover in Penrose shows a man walk up to the silver Jag with his hand in his pocket.

A minute later, he was driving off.

“The car was locked and we can confirm that because the CCTV shows it with its wing mirrors folded,” manager Andrew Beecham told the New Zealand Herald. “He’s walked up to the car and has got in, and driven away.”

The dealership still has the keys to the high-performance model.

“This guy is a professional, it’s sophisticated. It’s something that has been organised. It’s not your everyday car theft,” said Beacham.

“We never heard anything and only realised an hour later … that the car was missing.

“The CCTV shows him speeding off down Great South Rd in broad daylight.”

Waitemata police car crime expert Detective Sergeant Callum McNeil said thieves targeting late model European cars isn’t rare – despite high tech security systems.

Generally they have broken in and stolen the keys from the dealers, but the technology is now available. We have seen it in the UK and even in Australia and now we are starting to get it here where offenders have access to the technology.”

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