Thieves steal £230,000 Ferrari in raid caught on CCTV

Jan 16, 2013

Police launch witness appeal one week after thieves strike in 'well organised' raid on car showroom

POLICE have launched an appeal for information after a limited edition Ferrari worth £230,000 was stolen from a car showroom in Surrey in a movie-style caper caught on CCTV.

The 458 Italia, the only car of its kind in the UK, was stolen from the Maranello showroom in Egham last Wednesday, the BBC reports. Police describe the raid as "planned" and "well organised".

Two men drove up in a Transit van and spent 20 minutes cutting through security bars before loading the car onto a flatbed truck and driving off with it covered by a sheet.

The vehicle is black with the Italian flag racing strip running the length of the car, down the centre, with Italian flags sewn into the seats, police say.

Detective Constable Chris Ewan of Staines CID appealed for witnesses, saying: "This was clearly a planned and well organised theft. I am appealing for anyone who was in the area on Wednesday night and may have seen either the van or the flatbed vehicle to come forward.

"The stolen Ferrari is a distinctive car so I am keen to hear from anyone who may have seen it, perhaps on the back of another vehicle, either in the local area or elsewhere."

Distinctive and powerful. Auto Express reporter Tom Phillips told The Week the Ferrari 458 features technology inspired by Formula One and is "one of the most impressive to drive".

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As a car fan, and a bit of a pedant, it's a little disappointing to see a story about a 458 Italia ("the only one in the country" ??? not sure about that - there's quite a few, perhaps it's the flagwork that makes it unique) being headed by a picture of a completely different model - the F40 - although at least it's black per the car stolen.