PINELLAS PARK – We all know it’s a good time to buy a new car, and apparently it’s also a good time (and pretty easy) to steal one too, especially a rare Bentley Supersport. It’s one of 100 of its kind in the United States, according to police, and early Thursday morning, someone stole it by driving it off a dealership parking lot.
Police say the owner of the 2010 Bentley Supersports, worth $175,000, dropped the car off to Dimmitt Cadillac on Gandy Boulevard September 10 for a wheel repair. Dimmitt contracted the work out to Glenn’s Wheel & Repair in Tampa.
“After that business in Tampa was finished with the work, they notified Dimmitt that somehow the keys were misplaced,” said Sgt. Adam Geissenberger, a spokesperson for the Pinellas Park Police Department. “Dimmitt arranged transportation for the vehicle back to the dealership. Several hours later, after the dealership was closed, the vehicle was stolen.”
According to police, it was around 1:30 a.m. Thursday when Dimmitt security cameras caught a shadowy figure walking back and forth in front of the dealership. Shortly after, cameras show the car leaving the parking lot.
Police believe whoever took the car planned to do so, and stole the keys beforehand.
“Our understanding from Bentley and from Dimmitt, is it needs this exact laser-cut key to start the vehicle, so this wasn’t a case of a hot-wired auto theft,” said Geissenberger. “We don’t want to cast dispersions on anyone, but anyone who had contact with Glenn’s in the time frame that the vehicle was dropped off to the time when the keys were reported as misplaced is obviously a suspect.”
Police are looking over surveillance from Glenn’s, particularly from the area where the keys were stored.
Meantime, they hope someone spots the rare car and reports it. Anyone with information on the theft can be eligible for a cash reward by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).
“A vehicle of this worth… top speed of 203 miles per hour — this could be something of a joyride, this could be a luxury sale going overseas… or parts,” said Geissenberger.
Personally, I’d suggest they’ll spot it within a week either garaged in St. Pete or on the way to Miami ….