BMW Remotely Locks Thief Inside Car Till Police Arrive

December 5, 2016

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A 38-year old car thief in Seattle was recently apprehended after the car's owner notified BMW of the stolen vehicle, and they were able to track its location and remotely lock the thief inside. Thankfully, it was not a hot day and the thief was not a baby.

"A car thief awoke from a sound slumber Sunday morning (Nov. 27) to find he had been remotely locked inside a stolen BMW, just as Seattle police officers were bearing down on him," Spangenthal-Lee wrote. The suspect found a key fob mistakenly left inside the BMW by a friend who'd borrowed the car from the owner and the alleged crime was on.


But technology triumphed. When the owner, who'd just gotten married a day earlier, discovered the theft, the police contacted BMW corporate, who tracked the car to Seattle's Ravenna neighborhood. The car was parked, still running, with the snoozing suspect fast asleep behind the wheel.

First of all, is it really stealing if the key fob was left inside the vehicle? Because that sounds like borrowing. It's like a community car for anybody who wants to use it. Secondly, being an adult and getting locked inside a vehicle is pathetic. If there's a window, there's a way -- at least that's my I'm not going back to jail motto.

Thanks to Thaylor H, who agrees a car thief that falls asleep in the car they just stole isn't a very good car thief.

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