The thief pulled the heist with panache and was gone in a flash, but will he get the cash?
Most likely not, investigators are saying with somewhat bemused - though still serious - shakes of their heads.
That's because it's going to be mighty hard to sell what an unusually athletic thief using climbing gear stole from a swanky car dealership in San Francisco early Tuesday morning: a 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo sports car.
For one, as one of the most exclusive, distinctively designed and longed-for vehicles in the world, the car will stand out like neon wherever it is driven. It's even bright yellow, making it even more conspicuous.
For another, the car is worth more than $200,000 - and is owned by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, star of the game show "Minute to Win It" and "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives." Not the sort of thing that peddles easily on a used car lot or in the want ads, investigators note.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
San Francisco hosted the heist of the year Tuesday night, as someone broke into a luxury car dealership and stole a $200,000 Lamborghini Gallardo. The best part? The car belonged to celebrity chef Guy Fieri.
Pretty impressive and obviously an inside job. The thief gained access to the roof and then rappelled down into the showroom. Presumably the getaway happened pretty quick once he got the car started. Now that he has it, though, it's hard to know what he's going to do with his Italian supercar. It's virtually unsellable, at least in this country. But right now, he seems to just be enjoying the ride. The car has already been videotaped crossing the Golden Gate Bridge twice, even going through the tollbooth. Excitable San Franciscans are calling in tips as the thief lingers, inexplicably, in the Bay Area.