Alleged Car Thieves Unknowingly Lead Police Helicopter To Stash House

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They'll most likely be charged with criminal stupidity.

  • The alleged car thieves led police straight to a stash house
  • The suspect had no idea a helicopter was following him
  • Four high-end Fords, including a Mustang Shelby GT500, were recovered

When it comes to dumb car thieves, the USA is currently tied in first place with South Africa. Earlier this year, a car thief fell asleep in the vehicle he was trying to rob in Durban, South Africa. Now America has hit back hard with an alleged car thief that led a police helicopter to a stash house where several other stolen cars were being hidden.

Michigan police recovered four stolen vehicles, including a Mustang Shelby GT500 and a Ford F-150 Raptor. While it hasn't been confirmed, these stolen vehicles are likely connected to the theft of several F-150s in mid-July and another boost in which the miscreants got away with more than $1 million worth of Raptors.

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The problem with stealing a Raptor is that it doesn't exactly fly below the radar. (Pun most definitely intended.)

Michigan's finest easily spotted one of the stolen Raptors, but could not keep up. As you can see on the thermal images, the Raptor was driven quite enthusiastically. Three suspects eventually emerged from the car, thinking they had escaped the fuzz.

Unbeknownst to the alleged thieves, the big eye in the sky was watching, and it directed the police to the front door of the stash house. Two suspects were taken into custody.

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The alleged thieves made it relatively easy for the Michigan State Police ground force to spot them. According to the officer who first spotted the F-150 Raptor, the suspects were wearing ski masks in broad daylight. In Detroit. In July. The identification of the suspects has not yet been released, as the legal system must first take its course.

The GT500 was connected to a theft at the Flat Rock Assembly in June. Our earlier report of this incident states that five or six GT500s were stolen, with three recovered shortly after. This is the fourth recovery, which means one or two cars are still missing.

It's unclear whether all recovered cars were Fords, and we can only confirm one GT500 and two Raptors on the scene. The police also confirmed the recovery of several car keys and a stolen AR-15 rifle.

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