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      10-22-2009, 10:12 AM   #45
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So this is a never-ending, bizarre story:

2PM Yesterday:

I got into contact with the owners and notified that their car had been sitting in front of my building for two weeks, untouched. They were ecstatic to say the least. TO make a long story short, the owners' son had the car while in college at Boston and made a road trip to visit his friend in NYC. He had it parked outside, and a few hours later it was gone, stolen. They arranged to have him take a bus from Boston to NYC this friday to get the car as the insurance company overnighted him the keys.


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I come back from a late dinner and see 3 NYPD cars surrounding the 335i, which is now perpendicular on the road, with half of the car up on the side walk, and half in the road. I walk over to the officers and tell them my story, in which they were shocked, but believed me. It appears the thieves came back and tried to swing the car out of the spot they left it in. The car is still untouched and locked. They contacted the owners in California with the phone number I provided and contact the Auto Task Force to run the plates. The car was picked up by an NYPD tow truck and impounded. They think it's a car theft ring that uses frequency duplicators and tow trucks to take and read the wireless frequencies of the remotes.


how do you start the car without the key in the ignition though? isnt it a vin specific "chip"? It's one thing to unlock the car with the frequency, but isn't it another thing to start the car? Can you duplicate the chip or whatever is required to actually start it?

Not saying I don't believe you. Another thing though, if a car is equipped with BMW assists, can't it track its location? I never used it, nor do I have it built in so I'm not sure how they track down people unless given the information.
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So this is a never-ending, bizarre story:

2PM Yesterday:

I got into contact with the owners and notified that their car had been sitting in front of my building for two weeks, untouched. They were ecstatic to say the least. TO make a long story short, the owners' son had the car while in college at Boston and made a road trip to visit his friend in NYC. He had it parked outside, and a few hours later it was gone, stolen. They arranged to have him take a bus from Boston to NYC this friday to get the car as the insurance company overnighted him the keys.


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I come back from a late dinner and see 3 NYPD cars surrounding the 335i, which is now perpendicular on the road, with half of the car up on the side walk, and half in the road. I walk over to the officers and tell them my story, in which they were shocked, but believed me. It appears the thieves came back and tried to swing the car out of the spot they left it in. The car is still untouched and locked. They contacted the owners in California with the phone number I provided and contact the Auto Task Force to run the plates. The car was picked up by an NYPD tow truck and impounded. They think it's a car theft ring that uses frequency duplicators and tow trucks to take and read the wireless frequencies of the remotes.
Wow. Good job though on following this through. I wish more people would take initiative when they see things that just aren't right. Kudos!
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      10-22-2009, 10:29 AM   #47
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how do you start the car without the key in the ignition though? isnt it a vin specific "chip"? It's one thing to unlock the car with the frequency, but isn't it another thing to start the car? Can you duplicate the chip or whatever is required to actually start it?

Not saying I don't believe you. Another thing though, if a car is equipped with BMW assists, can't it track its location? I never used it, nor do I have it built in so I'm not sure how they track down people unless given the information.

Its a very bizarre story. The officer said that they unplugged the battery and it died after a while, rendering the tracking useless. No one really knows how it was stolen, but they think it was towed from the original spot to the one near my house or someone, somehow knew how to get the car going. No car is invincible.
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      10-22-2009, 10:38 AM   #48
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I am assuming this is in uptown E. Manhattan?
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      10-22-2009, 10:54 AM   #49
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Is it still possible to start the car simply by popping the clutch? Maybe that's how?
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So this is a never-ending, bizarre story:

2PM Yesterday:

I got into contact with the owners and notified that their car had been sitting in front of my building for two weeks, untouched. They were ecstatic to say the least. TO make a long story short, the owners' son had the car while in college at Boston and made a road trip to visit his friend in NYC. He had it parked outside, and a few hours later it was gone, stolen. They arranged to have him take a bus from Boston to NYC this friday to get the car as the insurance company overnighted him the keys.


9PM:

I come back from a late dinner and see 3 NYPD cars surrounding the 335i, which is now perpendicular on the road, with half of the car up on the side walk, and half in the road. I walk over to the officers and tell them my story, in which they were shocked, but believed me. It appears the thieves came back and tried to swing the car out of the spot they left it in. The car is still untouched and locked. They contacted the owners in California with the phone number I provided and contact the Auto Task Force to run the plates. The car was picked up by an NYPD tow truck and impounded. They think it's a car theft ring that uses frequency duplicators and tow trucks to take and read the wireless frequencies of the remotes.
Hey big ups to you, saved that family a big hassle
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      10-22-2009, 12:26 PM   #51
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I was going to drive by there tonight too and report back since I drove into the city (NYC) today. Happy you got there first. Good job getting in touch with the owners and notifying the police. I'm sure the owners would have much rather had the car in an impound lot rather than 96st and 2nd Ave.

To be quite honest though, if that car had only been 4-5 more blocks up into the 100s then there would have been substantially more damage. Not to be totally stereotypical, but it is true.
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How did you find the owners? You had someone run the plates? And how come you just didnt report it as a suspiecious vehicle and have NYPD run the cops? They can run any plates with there laptops cant they?
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Hope they get there soon. Crappy thing is they will be responsible for the tow and impound fees that can be in the hundreds of dollars, just to get their own theft recovery vehicle back.
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      10-22-2009, 01:13 PM   #54
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The car is was on 96th and 2nd, not a bad area by any means, and yes if it were parked a few blocks away, it would be sitting on cinderblocks.

Im actually glad its in impound.
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How did you find the owners? You had someone run the plates? And how come you just didnt report it as a suspiecious vehicle and have NYPD run the cops? They can run any plates with there laptops cant they?
Someone on this board ran the VIN for me and gave me the address of where it was registered. I googled the address and the house was for sale, so I called the broker, who then in turn gave me the # of the car owners, because she knew about the car issue. I talked to the wife and husband and they were thrilled I found them and the car.
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      10-22-2009, 01:24 PM   #56
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      10-22-2009, 01:25 PM   #57
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Probably got drunk at a party or club and someone jacked his keys...

Since the insurance had to overnight him new keys...I would guess he didn't have his original key anymore.
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Probably got drunk at a party or club and someone jacked his keys...

Since the insurance had to overnight him new keys...I would guess he didn't have his original key anymore.
Nope, still had both sets of keys.
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      10-22-2009, 01:27 PM   #59
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Hmm I wonder how much water got into the inside.
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wow... just wow...

good job nybsbl04, big thumbs up for you!!!
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i bet that it got towed from behind and rolled all the way there...took off the battery so that alarm wouldn't sound and BMW assist wouldnt work... surprised nobody touched the car for 2 weeks and kudos to the person that solved the "mystery". But if I were the owner, I rather let them take it and get money back...
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Guys,

New here, but outside my apartment, for the past three weeks there has been an AW 335i Coupe with its sunroof cracked open sitting on 96th and 2nd avenue in a no parking zone. It maybe has about 20+ tickets now.

Pictures are attached with the license plate - CALIFORNIA LICENSE PLATE: 6H0J642.

It looks like it has different BMW wheels and tinted windows.

Please help ID this so NYPD can impound the car or contact the owner so it doesn't incur any damage.

Thanks all,

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Dude, you are the Patron Saint of Lost or Stolen Cars. It's people like you that make me remember that this world ain't half bad to live in. May Karma reward you in life.
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this should be moved to the NY section
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I can't believe so many people actually considered stealing the rims....
almost everyone in NYC is sneak thief
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Great job though man seriously!
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almost everyone in NYC is sneak thief
Except for me I guess. 24 and I have always worked for my own.
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