Auto thieves ought to think twice before jacking a brand new BMW vehicle – unless they’re willing to risk getting trapped inside a stolen car.
Seattle Police purportedly received assistance from car-maker BMW to apprehend a criminal by remotely tracking and locking him inside the very same vehicle he snatched, CNET reports.
SPD deputy director of communications Jonah Spangenthal-Lee took it to the SPD blog to share the humorous incident.
A car thief awoke from a sound slumber Sunday morning to find he had been remotely locked inside a stolen BMW.
According to the report, the suspect allegedly decided to take someone else’s vehicle for a spin when he stumbled upon a key fob mistakenly left inside the vehicle.
When the owner reported the missing car, police got in touch with BMW, who used their tracking system to locate the vehicle in the Ravenna neighborhood in Seattle. Approaching the stolen automobile, officers found the car parked with the suspected thief snoozing behind the wheel.
“BMW employees were able to remotely lock the car’s doors, trapping the suspect inside, presumably while hissing something terrifying like ‘I’m not locked in here with you, you‘re locked in here withme‘ into the car’s sound system,” Spangenthal-Lee wrote, referring to a line from the popular superhero movie Watchmen.
The 38-year-old suspect was taken into custody on charges of auto theft and drug possession, after police discovered he was carrying a small amount of methamphetamine.
Seattle Police Department has an extended tradition of infusing their criminal reporting with comedy. Previously, Spangenthal-Leemade headlines with a piece called ‘Marijwhatnow?‘ detailing guidelines for legally blazing weed in Seattle.