• May 1st 2007 at 11:08AM
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As devout members of Our Lady of Blowers and Burnouts, most of us can sympathize with someone that rents the Shelby GT-H and then has to return the 'Stang to their local Hertz office. It must be a tough pill to swallow, but at the end of the day, what's the alternative?

For one weary soul in Arizona, the idea of leaving the keys with a pimple-faced teen at the rental counter and then catching a ride with his wife back to his moribund existence house was too much to bear. So he decided to keep the gold and black beauty – for six months.

[Source: StangNet.com via MustangBlog]

After half a year, the long arm of the law finally caught up with the rental rebel, and according to his neighbor, the cops threw him into the back of a squad car, charging him with auto theft.

This brief story of sorrow comes courtesy of a member of LS1.com, who posted the above pic on the StangNet forum. The shooter in question said that he had assumed that his neighbor had bought the car at auction or it was some kind of well-conceived clone. The perp even took the time to throw a few mods at the stolen GT-H, including an exhaust and an intake.

We know we should wag our fingers at such antics, but we can't. We don't condone, but we understand.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      whenever this kind of pictures is showing up, i am wondering whether the towing guy knows what he is doing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      what a dumb ass! and to keep the stupid thing, why not just strip it and switch it over to a clean mustang
      • 8 Years Ago
      It was only a matter of time. I guess the only bright side to this story for the thief is that he had 6 months and not 6 hours lol. Dummy!
      • 8 Years Ago
      When I worked for a car rental company there was a specific procedure to follow involving a certified letter and a period of 48 hrs to return the car before the police were called.

      The police might not have placed a priority on the recovery, deeming it a civil matter.

      Or more likely, he had a credit card that eventually was cancelled, moved or just given a false address. It's not like he was an honest person.

      We would even stake out customer home with spare keys waiting for them to return in order to repo the car.

      Paul is correct. Keeping in contact with the rental company is the key to not being considered a stolen car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If you do the same thing with a "stang".. you got issues..! Now if the car was a Carrera GT on the other hand! I would be on a ship on my way to illegal land!
      • 8 Years Ago
      How can you steal a rental car? They'll probably just make him pay for it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ford should use that kind of event in their ads.

      Too good to give it back.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes, the GT350H already has intake and exhaust mods. The traction control defeat switch is also, ahem, defeated, and it only comes with an automatic tranny. They aren't complete idiots at Hertz.

      The added juice under the go pedal is supplied by Ford Racing Performance Group's popular Power Pack (FR1) which adds a genuine 25-horsepower Ford performance kick to the 300-horse Mustang GT 4.6L V-8/Five-speed automatic transmission powertrain and an increase of 10 lb.-ft. of torque. The package includes Ford Racing's 90mm Cold Air kit, the Muffler Kit, a new X-pipe similar to the one used on the new Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang, a performance calibration and a cat-back performance exhaust for that throaty sound that will make this car unmistakably a Shelby Mustang GT-H.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Doesn't the Shelby rental car already have a catback and intake thingie? Did he just rent the car and not return it?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why did it take 6 months to find him? He had to use a credit card and drivers license. Couldn't they just send the cops to his address?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The first thing he may have wanted to do was paint it so it would be less recognizable.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well now, if he rented from Hertz in Boston at $202.40 per day for the 183 days he had it, it would only cost him $37,039.20 for his 6 months rental.

      You gotta wonder what will happen to him.
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