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Owner of $400,000 Rolls Royce Dawn convertible tracks carjackers activates kill switch stranded

Thieves smash garage window and make off with $400,000 Rolls Royce Dawn convertible before owner activates car’s tracking system and hits kill switch – leaving them stranded in New Jersey

  • Thieves smashed the window of a pricey Staten Island home after seeing a $400,000 convertible Rolls-Royce Dawn in the driveway
  • The bandits could easily grab the keys and drive off in the luxury car
  • Owner then activated a built-in ‘kill switch’ when the thieves reached New Jersey
  • He was able to pick up the car in person using GPS tracking
  • The theft is one of many car thefts this month in the New York borough

A group of thieves broke into a house in New York City and stole the keys to a $400,000 convertible Rolls-Royce Dawn.

But the gang hadn’t negotiated what happened next: The owner tracked down the luxury car and immediately took it back.

Surveillance camera footage shows the group breaking into the Staten Island home earlier in June by throwing a rock through the window in the middle of the night.

Two thieves in hoodies are seen throwing a large rock through the back doors to the house.

Thieves saw a $400,000 convertible Rolls-Royce Dawn sitting in the driveway, then saw the keys through the window of a Staten Island house

Thieves saw a $400,000 convertible Rolls-Royce Dawn sitting in the driveway, then saw the keys through the window of a Staten Island house

The bandits then smashed the window of the expensive Staten Island house

The bandits then smashed the window of the expensive Staten Island house

The 38-year-old owner, who has only been identified as John, was awakened around 4 a.m. by the burglar alarm that went off at his home in the leafy Lighthouse Hill neighborhood.

The thieves were quick to grab the keys and made off with his 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn sedan convertible parked outside.

“I was downstairs in seconds as they pulled down the driveway,” John told the… Staten Island Advance.

But unbeknownst to the bandits, the car’s owner’s every move was tracked thanks to an onboard GPS device as they crossed state lines into New Jersey.

John activated a built-in kill switch and turned the car off in the middle of Newark, New Jersey, while the thieves were unable to turn the ignition back on.

The robbers could easily enter the house to steal the keys

The robbers could easily enter the house to steal the keys

“They tried to turn the car on, but they couldn’t because I turned it off,” explained John.

Then he went to Newark to pick up his car in person.

“Obviously my family is a little nervous after everything that’s happened,” he said.

The theft of the Rolls is the latest in a series of burglaries and car thefts in the affluent Staten Island neighborhood.

These include three car thefts on June 12 and another the following week on June 20.

In all cases, the robbers took the keys from the inside and steel cars parked nearby.

The robbers then ran towards it, but were quickly stopped after the owner of the car activated a 'kill switch'

The robbers then ran towards it, but were quickly stopped after the owner of the car activated a ‘kill switch’

John says he believes the suspects responsible turned it on him after he saw the luxury drive in his driveway and then saw the car keys through the window of his house.

“They must have seen the key because of where it was and that’s why they broke the window,” he explained.

According to law enforcement, Newark appears to be a base for thieves who scour real estate websites for the most expensive homes in the neighborhood with the intention of stealing luxury cars.

Surveillance footage of John’s break-in is currently being investigated by detectives. It proves difficult to identify those involved, as many of the thieves wear both masks and gloves.

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