$ 200,000 Jeep Stolen Near Fort Lauderdale Dealership Found “In Perfect Condition” – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida. (WSVN) – The owner of a South Florida car dealership breathes a sigh of relief after a $ 200,000 Jeep that he said was stolen near the business has been safely recovered.
Joseph Ghattas, the owner of SoFlo Jeeps in Fort Lauderdale, said the luxury vehicle was found in perfect condition on Friday evening.
” He’s in perfect condition. They didn’t even put a mile or two on the car, ”he said.
This is not your average truck. The Jeep, an Apocalypse Hellfire, is massive and one of a kind.
“It’s a high powered, diesel, six-wheel drive luxury monster,” he said.
Ghattas described the heist which he said took place around 3 a.m. on Thursday.
“A few guys got in the car with a laptop, programmed it, started it and drove off with the vehicle,” he said.
Ghattas said the theft took place after spending three months building the premium Jeep for a customer. He said the truck was featured in the trailer for the upcoming movie “The Lost City”, starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum.
Ghattas said he drove the Jeep to his house behind the dealership near Broward Boulevard and left it there overnight.
When he woke up, he said, the distinctive six-wheeled beast was gone.
Surveillance video captured the subjects at work.
“The Mustang stops, walks past the house. A guy gets out of the car, comes back to the vehicle, gets in the car, ”Ghattas said. “It starts right away, all the lights come on, they back up and walk away, and them and the Mustang go down 14th [Avenue] in Broward [Boulevard]. We don’t know where they went from there.
But after the story aired on 7News on Friday night, Ghattas said, a viewer called him and told him he spotted the Jeep within two miles.
“He said, ‘I see the truck you’re talking about on the news right here. “We ask ourselves:” Where are you? He said, “Right next to Stranahan High School, parked in an alley behind their land,” he said. “We drive over there, and it was there.”
Ghattas said they then called the police.
“They came and took the fingerprints from the car. They said: “We got good fingerprints,” he said. “They marked it as collected and they said, ‘You are good to go. You can take your vehicle home.
The owner of the car dealership said he was grateful that the truck was so easy to spot, especially since it is so unique, and now the customer will finally be able to get their hands on the premium vehicle they are looking for. waited so long to drive.
“A three month construction, and we have a customer on the other line who is dying to have his vehicle. He got a call at the last minute that said, ‘Hey, your car was stolen,’ he said, ‘and now we can call him shortly after and say,’ Good news: we got the car back. “
Ghattas had offered a reward of $ 5,000 for information on the location of the Jeep. The 7News viewer who called and helped find the vehicle received the money.
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