The luxury vehicle’s remote kill switch stranded the punks in Newark, N.J.
A New York man wasn’t about to let a bunch of punks just roll off into the night with his sweet ride without fighting back.
No, the 38-year-old from Staten Island, identified only as John by the Staten Island Advance, had other ideas after a group of thugs tossed a large rock through a window of his upscale home, grabbed his car keys, and took off in his $400,000 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn convertible earlier this month.
According to reports, John was awakened by his home alarm after the burglars broke into his house to snatch the keys and saw them drive off. After checking on his family, he went on his computer and used the Rolls-Royce’s tracking device to see where the bad guys were going, which turned out to be New Jersey.
Then, with a click of the mouse, he activated the luxury vehicle’s remote kill switch, stranding the thieves in Newark, N.J.
“They were attempting to turn (the car) back on, but they couldn’t because I disabled it,” John said, according to the New York Post.
He determined where the criminals had left his vehicle, then picked it up himself.
Still, the incident in the early hours of June 12 — one of a string of break-ins and car thefts in the swanky Staten Island neighbourhood of Lighthouse Hill this month — left John and his family shaken.
“Obviously (my family) is a little unnerved after everything that’s gone on,” he said, adding that he believes he was targeted after thieves saw his Rolls in the driveway and the keys through the window.
One news report said car thefts on Staten Island are up 114% this year and 61% in New York City, as of last month.
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