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As Tom Cruise Filmed, His BMW Was Boosted

Along with thousands of dollars in luggage stowed inside the X7 in England's Birmingham

(Newser) - Tom Cruise is out a whole lot of luggage, as well as other belongings, after someone boosted the Beemer he was using while filming the next installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise in England, reports Page Six . Sources say Cruise was "hopping mad" after the BMW X7 was stolen...

Cops: Popular Car-Part Theft Proves Fatal

Police say man in Anaheim was crushed while trying to steal catalytic converter from Prius

(Newser) - In the early morning hours of St. Patrick's Day, police responded to a call from a worker at a local industrial building in Anaheim, Calif. The employee had made a distressing find upon arriving at the site: a man's unmoving legs sticking out from underneath one of the...

'Horror on Top of Heartbreak' After Funeral Vehicle Stolen

Woman's body was inside van taken from St. Louis convenience store

(Newser) - In this week's "you had one job" post, a Missouri funeral home driver may be in a bit of trouble after an incident in St. Louis. Per KSDK , which deems the case "horror on top of heartbreak," local police are on the hunt for a white...

Cops: Girl Was Dragged for Miles Behind Stolen SUV

Wichita suspect faces felony murder charge

(Newser) - Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsey says it's one of the saddest cases he's dealt with in his 28-year career. A 13-year-old girl died Saturday after being dragged for several miles by her family's stolen SUV, the Wichita Eagle reports. Police spokesman Charley Davidson says the girl was...

Thief Steals Van of Dogs, Portland Says Not So Fast

Helpers from around the Oregon city helped doggy day care owner get her pooches back

(Newser) - A woman who co-owns a doggy day care in Portland, Ore., had quite a scare Tuesday, but thanks to the efforts of locals, a thief who tried to steal her pooch-filled vehicle wasn't successful. Sunni Liston—whose company, Coopers Dogpatch, picks up dogs from their owners in the city...

Naked Florida Man Steals Police Car: Cops

Joshua Shenker faces numerous charges

(Newser) - Joshua Shenker—“a naked Florida man,” as the AP puts it—was arrested this week after he allegedly stole a marked police vehicle and crashed it into a wooded area in Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of a naked man running along I-10 on...

Thief Finds Kid in Car, Lectures Mom

He returned the child and took off in the car

(Newser) - A car thief who found a toddler in the backseat of a stolen vehicle drove back and chastised the mother for leaving the child unattended before taking off again, police in Oregon said. The woman went into a grocery store about 15 feet from the car Saturday, the AP reports,...

Surfers' Warning: Don't Use a Lock Box
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Surfers' Warning: Don't Use a Lock Box

Thieves can bust into them, as California surfers have learned

(Newser) - California surfers say they're "under attack" by car thieves—and warn that anyone else using a lock box is vulnerable. Surfers often use lock boxes to hide their car keys while surfing at beaches in San Francisco. The problem, as the San Francisco Chronicle reports, is that lock...

Thieves Swipe 75 Vehicles in Brazen Heist

Bay Area theft one of many well-coordinated ones capitalizing on chaos of Floyd protests

(Newser) - Police in a small San Francisco Bay Area community were about to help authorities in neighboring Oakland keep the peace during a protest when a more pressing crisis hit home: Groups of thieves had pillaged malls, set fire to a Walmart, and stormed a car dealership. By the time San...

Community Rallies After Fleet of Rental Cars Stolen

97 vehicles were stolen under cover of New Zealand lockdown

(Newser) - In New Zealand, extremely strict lockdown measures made it easy to steal cars—and easy to catch car thieves. Police say that over the Anzac Day long weekend late last month, thieves cut a hole in the fence of a rental company's storage yard near Auckland Airport and made...

Cops 'Know' Who Stole $1M in Cars. But Try Arresting Them

North Carolina authorities are eyeing a group of 19 juveniles in car thefts

(Newser) - North Carolina detectives say they know who's behind car thefts worth over $1 million—but arresting them is another thing, the Charlotte Observer reports. Police are eyeing 19 young people in the thefts of 46 cars from dealerships in and around Winston-Salem starting in March, but the kids, aged...

He Got Away From the Cops, But Not From the Guy in Sandals

Queensland police hoping to thank Good Samaritan who brought down alleged car thief

(Newser) - An Australian dog walker used his arm as a clothesline as he brought down an alleged car thief who'd smashed into two police vehicles, narrowly missing an officer, on Thursday. A chase began around 8:30am as officers tried to apprehend the driver of a stolen Toyota Hilux utility...

Cops: Man Crashes Stolen SUV With Baby Inside

'Twelve minutes of sheer terror, I'll say'

(Newser) - A man accused of stealing an SUV with a 13-month-old baby girl inside and leading police on a chase before crashing on an interstate has been arrested in Kentucky. The child was unharmed. "Twelve minutes of sheer terror, I'll say," Shepherdsville Police Chief Rick McCubbin said of...

'Crazy' Car Owner Surprises Thief by Leaping Onto Hood

Boston man goes flying from swerving vehicle but survives

(Newser) - A Boston man's reaction when he saw a thief driving away in his car was to take a leap onto the hood and hold on for dear life. The thief kept driving, NBC reports, and swerving, finally sending the owner flying off the Volkswagen Passat. The thief then took...

Police Stop Kids Who Drove Stolen SUV 600 Miles

Aussie kids packed fishing rods, left a note

(Newser) - Four children aged 10 to 14 packed fishing rods in a parent's SUV, left a farewell note, then drove more than 600 miles down the Australian east coast before they were stopped by police the next day, an officer says. When the children were stopped by police near Grafton...

Police Find Stolen Ferrari's Hiding Spot

$2.2M car was taken during a test drive Monday in Germany

(Newser) - German police have recovered a valuable 1980s Ferrari stolen during a test drive and are searching for the man believed to have sped off with the car while posing as a would-be buyer. The red Ferrari 288 GTO, first registered in 1985, is believed to be worth more than $2....

There's a Subset of Car Thieves Who Aren't After Your Car

They want your palladium

(Newser) - There's a new subset of car thieves who aren't after your car—they want your catalytic converter. This according to a Wall Street Journal trends piece, which says the lure is the palladium contained inside. The metal is one of several housed in the device, and it's...

Cops: Alleged Car Thief Drives Stolen Car to Court

And voila, new charges

(Newser) - Bad habits: Police say a man answering to a stolen-car charge drove a stolen car to court in Connecticut. Authorities say 25-year-old Jonathan Rivera was at Hartford Superior Court on Wednesday to appear before a judge on a charge of first-degree larceny and tampering with a motor vehicle from February....

Cops: 10-Year-Old Leads Police on 100mph Chase on Turnpike

It's apparently not the first time Ohio boy has been joyriding

(Newser) - A 10-year-old Ohio boy was taken into custody after leading police and state troopers on a dangerous high-speed pursuit that began in Cleveland and ended miles away along the Ohio Turnpike when troopers boxed him in. Authorities say no one was injured during the pursuit that began around 9:30am...

BMW Remotely Foils Would-Be Car Thief

BMW and the cops worked in tandem to help bust Seattle suspect

(Newser) - Police blotters can be the source of tiny treasures, and one out of Seattle last week offers up a gem involving a sleepy suspect and a high-tech car. Per the Seattle Police Department's crime log, a BMW was reported stolen in the early morning hours of Nov. 27, and...

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