The owner of the stolen Rolls-Royce was equipped with a remote control kill switch that could shut off the car.
The New York Police Department is looking for several people in connection with a string of break-ins that took place on Staten Island, one of which involved the late-night theft of a Rolls-Royce convertible. One of the break-ins that occurred on Staten Island was investigated by the NYPD.
Rocks were used by the suspects, on the 12th of June, to shatter the windows of a parked vehicle that was located in the driveway of a residence in the Lighthouse neighborhood of Staten Island. After that, they made their getaway in a 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn sedan by stealing the keys to the vehicle and driving it away.
According to the Staten Island Advance, the owner of the vehicle, who is only identified as “John,” followed the vehicle to Newark, New Jersey, using a built-in tracking mechanism in the vehicle itself. John reportedly turned the vehicle off remotely using the built-in kill switch and then followed the vehicle using the tracking mechanism.
John told the local newspaper that once they pulled out of the driveway, he “was downstairs within seconds” to check on his family and then started the process of recovering control of his vehicle. He said he made sure everyone was okay before beginning the process. I mentioned that although they were attempting to re-enable it, it was disabled by me.
According to Kelley Blue Book, the average price that a used 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn is listed for on the market for used automobiles is approximately $282,000.