Two Guys Test Drive a Porsche, Give the Dealer Back a Phony Key, Then Use the Real Key to Steal It Later
It’s hard to believe that this trick would work . . . and that no one has thought of it before now. Last Monday, two men in their 20s went into Princeton Porsche in Lawrenceville, New Jersey and asked to take a test drive. (–Lawrenceville is about halfway between Princeton and Trenton.) One of the guys said he’d just won a large legal settlement and was thinking of buying the Porsche Panamera, which costs $148,000. One of the features of the Panamera is a keyless ignition. As long as the driver has the electronic key remote in his pocket, he can start the car. The guys took their test drive around town, came back to the dealer, and returned the key remote . . . at least, that’s what the folks at Princeton Porsche THOUGHT. It turns out the guys pulled the old switcheroo. They returned a fake key to the dealer and left with the REAL one. They came back after-hours and used the keys to drive off in the Panamera, which was missing when the dealership reopened the next day. Police are still searching for the two guys and the car.