Tom Cruise is said to have stolen thousands of pounds worth of luggage after thieves stole his £100,000 bodyguard’s BMW.
The 59-year-old film star is currently filming Mission: Impossible 7 in the UK and is said to be furious when he learned of the theft.
According to The sun, the thieves used a scanner to clone the signal from the vehicle’s ignition key while it was parked outside the Grand Hotel in Birmingham.
Theft: Tom Cruise reportedly stole thousands of pounds worth of luggage after thieves stole his bodyguard’s £100,000 BMW
A source told the publication: ‘Tom had been driven around in the car while in Birmingham and some of his luggage and belongings were in it when it was taken.
“It has since been recovered by the police because it was fitted with an electronic tracking device, but everything in it had disappeared.
“It’s a huge shame for the security team and the man who drove it was crazy, but not as crazy as Tom!”
The bodyguard of Tom’s security personnel is said to have discovered the stolen car early on Wednesday.
Filming: The 59-year-old movie star is currently in the UK filming scenes for Mission: Impossible 7 and is said to be furious when he learned of the theft
The insiders said the thieves were able to steal the car just minutes after it was left outside the hotel, just two minutes’ walk from West Midlands Police Headquarters.
Tom reportedly filmed scenes for the upcoming blockbuster in a shopping center in Birmingham with his co-star Hayley Atwell.
The bodyguard had driven Tom for days in the vehicle – which can go from 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds – through the city.
The BMW would not have been parked in a secure parking space recommended by the hotel.
Tom had traveled to Birmingham by helicopter from a luxurious Kent mansion and the car had been on standby to pick him up.
MailOnline has reached out to representatives from Tom Cruise and the West Midlands Police for comment.
Criminals: The thieves reportedly used a scanner to clone the vehicle’s ignition key signal while it was parked outside the Grand Hotel in Birmingham
Modern cars use keyless entry where the crooks pick up signals by having the car send a message to the keyless fob.
This can fool the car into thinking that the key is close by and will be unlocked. Once the thief is in the vehicle, the process can be repeated to start the engine.
The thieves may have also blocked the driver’s remote by broadcasting the same radio frequency used to lock the car, giving them access to the computer hardware.
The Sun reports that BMW delivered an identical replacement car for Tom within hours of the theft.
It comes after Mission: Impossible 7 was reportedly interrupted again in June due to a positive Covid test with crew members speculating it could be Tom.
Despite there being “no evidence” to support the futile talk, people are rumored to be gossiping it could be Tom due to his alleged absence from the set.
A source said: ‘It has since been recovered by police as it was fitted with an electronic tracking device, but everything in it had disappeared’
The actor was previously said to have been in self-isolation for two weeks after 14 people on the British set of the film tested positive for coronavirus.
The actor is said to have filmed a day with four dancers shooting scenes in a nightclub for the upcoming movie, which later tested positive.
The new episode was previously filmed at Longcross Studios in Chertsey, Surrey, and production was halted and the 60-person team self-isolated amid the positive tests.
Mission: Impossible 7 movies have been hit by several setbacks and delays during the Covid pandemic, with location shooting in Italy, the UK and Norway.
In December, it was reported that five crew members had quit after Tom launched into two tirades.
The actor is said to have stripped staff after he caught them violating Britain’s Covid rules at the Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire.
Stolen: The bodyguard in charge of Tom’s security personnel is said to have discovered the stolen car early Wednesday (Tom pictured in 2018)
A source claimed that after news of the initial eruption was made public, there was “more anger” over the already “tense” production.
An insider said: ‘The tension has been building for months and this was the last straw. Since it went public, there has been more anger and several staff members have gone out on foot.
“But Tom just can’t take it anymore after all the effort they’ve gone through to keep filming. He’s angry that others don’t take it as seriously as he does.’
They added that Tom feels responsible for the production after putting so much time and money into taking precautions so the team can film.
It was previously reported that the Hollywood star berated employees who disobeyed social distancing rules while filming at the Warner Bros. studio.
MailOnline contacted Tom’s representatives at the time for further comment.
Travel: Tom traveled to Birmingham by helicopter from a luxurious Kent mansion and the car was on standby to pick him up (pictured in 2018)
In February, it was reported that plans to shoot down MI7 in the Middle East had been called off after production staff ‘demanded’ to return to the UK before the mandatory 10-day hotel quarantine rules are enforced.
The Sun reported that studio managers were forced to hire a private jet to ensure staff could go home.
Crew first started shooting scenes in February 2020, a few weeks prior to the first global lockdown, and production has been delayed several times due to the pandemic.
Mission: Impossible 7 is scheduled for May 27, 2022.
On location: The bodyguard had spent days driving Tom around the city in the vehicle – which can go from 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds – (pictured in 2020)