A car thief in La Porte, Indiana recently put his own spin on the old smash-and-grab routine. The enterprising individual drove a flatbed truck that would typically be used for logging onto a car lot after hours on Sunday, October 16. Our man hopped out and used a giant crane to hook a 2008 Jeep Wrangler through the roof and drop it onto the bed. The whole operation took less than six minutes, though the crime's brevity didn't stop police from tracking down a suspect fairly quickly. Officials arrested a suspect in connection with the theft on Wednesday, October 19.

The Wrangler had a snow plow attached, and Matt Magnuson, general manager at La Porte Chrysler, said that the vehicle had sold that Saturday for $25,000. Magnuson also said that in all of his years selling vehicles, he had never seen anything quite like the stunt pulled off on his lot. Hit the jump to check out the video of the theft for yourself.



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      Scr
      • 3 Years Ago
      One would think that an auto dealership that had vehicles and wheels stolen before would have some sort of fence or gate to at least slow down the theft, and would BUY BETTER SECURITY CAMERAS. There is a ton of lettering on the door and boom of the truck (this is clearly a commercial truck somebody "borrowed". But the video is so crappy, you can't read any of it!!! HD security cameras are cheap, and even have night vision...buy a few and save on your insurance.
        WillieD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Scr
        I was thinking the same. What they have now looks like someone taking pictures every 5 seconds with a cell phone from 2003.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      John S
      • 3 Years Ago
      "stoled"?
      Agilis
      • 3 Years Ago
      Crappy video is really crappy.
      GasMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Like breaking into Walmart and stealing a clock radio. Really, is that the best you could do?
      Gordon Chen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't the car useless without the keys?
        Mike K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gordon Chen
        Pretty much. Wranglers have had Sentry keys since 03 I believe.
      Darren McLellan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kinda surprised this has not happened in Northern Maine...
      Muhmmad Alzhrani
      • 3 Years Ago
      badass thief
      Alex Butti
      • 3 Years Ago
      Arsene Lupin III.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      nattomethane
      • 3 Years Ago
      "..using crane " this says it all, they got the idea from AB's ufo catcher post. A case of crime-cultural adaptation perhaps.
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