Jaguar stolen from Auckland car yard recovered undamaged, plates gone

This Jaguar XFR was stolen from an Auckland dealership in a scene similar to car heist movie Gone in 60 Seconds.
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This Jaguar XFR was stolen from an Auckland dealership in a scene similar to car heist movie Gone in 60 Seconds.

A $165,000 luxury Jaguar stolen off an Auckland car lot in broad daylight has been found.

The silver Jaguar XFR was stolen from Beacham Independent Jaguar and Range Rover dealership in Penrose on Monday afternoon.

Manager Andrew Beacham said the car had been located in South East Auckland.

Police found the car on Everingham Pl in Sunnyhills with the sunroof open and its original number plates missing on Friday morning.

A police spokeswoman said the car was abandoned.

No more information about the thief was available at the moment, she said.

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On Thursday, Beacham said he was baffled by the high-tech heist.

He said he believed the thief used an electronic device to override the car's keyless technology.

Car security experts later said they thought it was more likely the thief had a spare remote or key to get into the car.

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Beacham said the theft was carried out in less than a minute.

CCTV footage showed a man believed to be behind the theft walking on to the car lot at 2.55pm on Monday with his hand in his pocket, before somehow unlocking the car and driving off.

It was like action car heist film Gone in 60 Seconds, Beacham said.

"It's happened within the space of five minutes.

"He's walked past our dealership on the footpath then come back and got in the car and within a minute he's gone....

"This has been a professional job, it's very sophisticated."

The car was locked at the time and the dealership still had its keys.

Staff said they believed the high-tech theft would have taken more than one person.

The man was not known to the dealership, Beacham said.

The car sales business shared information about the theft on Facebook, where it also offered a reward in exchange for information about the car.

Beacham said he had been confident the car would turn up eventually.

 

 - Stuff

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