NYC thieves escape in stolen Rolls Royce after stealing keys to Staten Island house, but owner outsmarts them

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The NYPD is looking for multiple suspects involved in a series of break-ins on Staten Island, including the theft of a Rolls-Royce convertible in the middle of the night.

In the June 12 incident, the suspects threw a rock through the window of a house in the Lighthouse neighborhood of Staten Island and stole car keys before fleeing in the 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn sedan.

The owner of the vehicle, identified only as John, told the Staten Island Advance that he was able to turn the burglars around by using a remote kill switch to turn off the deluxe ride, then used a built-in tracking device to locate it in Newark, New Jersey.

“I was downstairs in seconds as they pulled into the driveway,” John told the local newspaper. “They tried to turn it back on, but they couldn’t because I turned it off.”

A used 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn has a typical retail price of about $282,000, according to auto research firm Kelley Blue Book.

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The suspects were responsible for two other burglary attempts in the area earlier that evening, but failed both times, the NYPD said.

Rolls Royce Dawns on display during the second press day of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show at the Geneva Palexpo on March 8, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.
(Gerlach Delissen – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

At around 4:30 a.m., the same thieves reportedly attempted to break into another Staten Island home and remove two cars, but fled the house after a resident began yelling at them.

All five suspects were described by the NYPD as dark-skinned men. Three of them were wearing black sweatpants and hooded sweatshirts. One wore a red hooded sweatshirt with the word “Kappa” on it, while another wore a black hooded sweatshirt with white lettering on the front.

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According to data from the NYPD, auto thefts in Staten Island are up 116.3% this year compared to the same period in 2021.

Anyone with information about the attempted break-in can call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish.

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