Watch these Daring Thieves Steal a $180k Classic Ford
Some people will do anything to get their hands on a rare set of wheels, no matter how illegal or high-risk the means may be. This group of brazen thieves in the UK appear to be quite good at doing exactly that. The trio of car capers used a Land Rover Defender to ram-raid the Trackspeed Racing car shop in the UK town of Ripley, and made off with a rare 1972 Ford Escort Mexico, valued at £120,000 (around $180,000). Police have provided CCTV footage of the stunning theft, which takes place in under a minute, however the classic Ford (registered as DAD 422K) has yet to be recovered. Take a look. RELATED: Learn more about the classic Ford Escort
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Despite one of the criminals losing his footing more than once, it's clear the robbers knew what they were doing and had a game plan in place for the heist. The thieves used the big Defender to bash through the store's front display window and 40 seconds later had the Escort chained up and yanked out of the dealership.
A later report from Get Surrey suggests that the car was “stolen to order” by customers highly interested in the Escort... just not its top dollar price tag. The paper cites Michael Fraser, host of the BBC's Beat the Burglar TV show, who believes the car is or will soon be stripped for the individual values of its rare parts.
What makes the story even more depressing for car fans is that a Defender matching the one involved in the crime was discovered burnt out and smoldering a mere five miles away in the neighboring town of West Horsley. One daring crime: two innocent automotive victims.
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