Shocking moment thieves allegedly make off with young man’s prized $29,000 BMW after posing as potential buyers – but forget to move the stolen car they arrived in with two passengers still inside
- Lance Cullen, 24, advertised his BMW for sale on Facebook Marketplace
- A couple of ‘prospective buyers’ arrived on Wednesday and asked for a test drive
- Mr. Cullen asked for their driver’s license, but they were driving when he looked away
- But they left the silver Renault they arrived in parked opposite his driveway
- A man and woman were seen sitting inside the stolen Renault before taking off
A group of suspected car thieves made off with a young man’s prized BMW while pretending to take it for a test drive.
Lance Cullen, 24, from Mackenzie, in south-east Brisbane, recently put his car up for sale on Facebook Marketplace to help pay for his upcoming wedding and got a response from someone called ‘Amy’.
He arranged an inspection with what he thought were potential buyers on Wednesday, and when the woman and her male friend arrived, they asked to test drive the $29,000 car that Mr. Cullen had spent years modifying.
Sir. Cullen asked for their licenses and proof of money, but when he looked away ‘for a split second’, they drove around him – after stalling once – and then sped off up the street.
But foolishly, the suspected thieves had left the car they arrived in – a silver Renault which police have confirmed as stolen – parked across the road, with two passengers still inside.
Lance Cullen, 24, from Mackenzie, in south-east Brisbane, recently put his car up for sale on Facebook Marketplace and organized what he thought were two potential buyers to come and look at it
Lance Cullen sold his prized car to pay for his wedding (pictured with his girlfriend)
Sir. Cullen said that when he saw how erratically the so-called buyers drove, he immediately realized that they were not coming back.
He then turned his attention to the silver Renault the couple had arrived in, still parked just across the street from his driveway.
He ran over to film the number plate and realized two people – a man and woman – were still inside.
“They were very much deer in the headlights, as was I,” Mr Cullen said A Current Affair.
‘They started frantically trying to get the car to start, pulling it in and out of gear and trying to cover their faces.
‘They certainly didn’t seem like they had enough brain cells to go between each other… but they ended up getting going and driving away.’
Mr. Cullen then frantically shouted to his father to call the police.
The pair just drive off as Mr Cullen looks away for a ‘split second’ (pictured). The stolen silver Renault they arrived in is seen across the street
Foolishly, the alleged thieves had left the car they arrived in – a silver Renault which police have confirmed as stolen – parked across the road, with two passengers still inside.
He said the alleged theft was aggravated because they knew he wanted the money for his wedding and had even asked him about it when they looked at the car.
“(They were) chatty, smiling, friendly … nothing out of the ordinary that you wouldn’t expect,” said Mr. Cullen.
‘(They) chatted about the car, asked questions, were very engaged with it, asked me a lot of things that a criminal wouldn’t normally and told me information about themselves.’
Mr. Cullen eventually found his car late Sunday night, but it was heavily damaged and is likely a write-off.
The gray BMW 135I is insured for market value, but the owner said it’s worth a lot more because of all the time and work he’s put into it.
Queensland police said the alleged thieves remain on the run and the stolen Renault has yet to be found.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police.