Car Thieves Steal $ 200,000 Jeep Near Fort Lauderdale Dealership – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida. (WSVN) – The owner of a South Florida car dealership is hoping the surveillance footage will lead to the capture of thieves who he said stole a $ 200,000 Jeep that can be viewed on the big screen.
Joseph Ghattas, the owner of SoFlo Jeeps in Fort Lauderdale, is still reeling from Thursday morning’s theft.
âYou don’t expect your car to be stolen like in a video game,â he said.
It’s not just any car. The Jeep, an Apocalypse Hellfire, is massive and very expensive,
âIt’s a high powered, diesel, six-wheel drive luxury monster,â he said.
Speaking to 7News on Friday, Ghattas described the heist which he said took place around 3 a.m.
âA few guys got in the car with a laptop, programmed it, started it and drove off with the vehicle,â he said.
Ghattas said the theft took place after spending three months building the premium Jeep for a customer.
Ghattas said he drove him to his house behind the dealership near Broward Boulevard and left him there overnight.
When he woke up, he said, the distinctive six-wheeled beast was gone.
Surveillance video captured the subjects at work.
âThe Mustang stops, walks past the house. A guy gets out of the car, comes back to the vehicle, gets in the car, âGhattas said. “It starts right away, all the lights come on, they back up and walk away, and them and the Mustang go down 14th [Avenue] in Broward [Boulevard]. We don’t know where they went from there.
Ghattas said the truck was easy to spot, especially since it was featured in the trailer for the upcoming “The Lost City” movie, starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum.
The owner of the car dealership hopes that the unique features of the vehicle will make it stand out in his research.
âI really, really hope someone sees this car, spots it. It doesn’t fit in a lot of garages or parking spaces. It’s huge, âhe said.
Anyone with information on the location of the stolen Hellfire Apocalypse is asked to call SoFlo Jeeps at 954-306-6163. Ghattas is offering a reward of $ 5,000, no questions asked.
If you have any information about this theft or the whereabouts of the subjects, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $ 5,000.
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