Another stupidity tax, but this one isn’t putting anything in state coffers

Range Rover

On the auction blocks

Thieves are hitting the Range Rover set in the back country this summer, including Tommy Hilfiger. 

GREENWICH, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — People aren’t talking about it, but residents of some of the area’s wealthiest suburbs are experiencing a rash of high-end car thefts.

As CBS2’s Lou Young reported, Range Rovers seem to be a favorite this summer.

In upscale Fairfield County, Connecticut, some cars are hot – and others are hotter. In towns with a Maserati dealer, a Ferrari franchise, and a Bentley boutique, upscale residents of Greenwich and Darien love their Land Rovers.

“It’s a beautiful car — I love it,” said Diana Vettoretti of Greenwich.

Thieves love them too. Everyone seems to know of a victim.

Just this past week, designer Tommy Hilfiger [John Street – ED] confirmed that a Land Rover was grabbed from his driveway, in what is only the latest in a series of such thefts in the area. This time, the thieves made their way into a fenced-off mansion to make the grab.

Once inside, the thieves passed up a number of expensive cars — including a Cadillac Escalade — to get to the Land Rover. Security video showed a well-organized group of men in masks and hoodies driving the vehicle out through the disabled security gate.

The suspects then went next door to the next gated mansion and did it again.

“It’s going on,” said Allyson Green of Darien. “This is happening all the time.”

The cars do not use traditional keys, so owners often leave the fobs – with the electronic chips in them – inside the car, because what could go wrong?

“It’s a safe place to be, so I feel that I could, you know, just leave it in the car and not worry about it,” Vettoretti said.


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12 responses to “Another stupidity tax, but this one isn’t putting anything in state coffers

  1. Anonymous

    ““It’s a safe place to be, so I feel that I could, you know, just leave it in the car and not worry about it,” Vettoretti said.”
    Unless you have to stick the fob in to start, would it not be safer in your pocket book? Oh wait, the pocketbook already contains several iPhones, iPads, wallets as thick a Big Macs, makeup kits and sundry necessities.

    Several neighbors used the same logic and with the same results.

  2. Learn To Slaughter

    Who cares!
    And NO ONE is knocking on TH’s front door.
    Good luck finding your way up that driveway untouched-
    Dead @ 662ft of elevation guaranteed!!

  3. So the thieves just have to worry about them breaking down on the way to the chop shop. You can’t really call for a tow in that situation.

    • Most unreliable car on (the side of) the road. Have to be stupid rich (redundant?) to buy one.

      • It’s like the old joke, “Why don’t British car companies make home appliances? Because they can’t figure out how to make them leak oil.”

        Happy 4th Chris.

      • Anonymous

        I had one for three years – never broke, never once in the shop On my 2nd car now, and one year in with not one single problem. The brake pads wear out because it’s a heavy vehicle – but that’s it. The diesel RR sport gets 32 miles a gallon

        • Jalopnik: “If Range Rovers are so unreliable, why do people still buy them?”

          But don’t they care that Range Rovers are unreliable? The answer is, quite frankly, no, they don’t. One of my favorite columns I’ve ever written dealt with this exact issue. In it, I argued that Land Rover doesn’t need to worry about reliability scores, and J.D. Power ratings, and Consumer Reports, because they consistently lose every metric and yet their cars still sell for full sticker – and they usually have a waiting list. Simply put, Range Rover buyers don’t consider things like cost of ownership and long-term durability. They want the nicest car they can get, they own it solely under warranty, and then they get a new one.

    • dickblu

      Produced by Jaguar/Land Rover’s parent company:

  4. Mazama

    Out in the real mountains – Cascades, Sierra Nevada, Rockies – one virtually never sees Land Rovers and absolutely never sees one off the paved roads.

    Plenty of Amazonians, Microsofties, etc., drive them around Seattle. Here, 225 miles away, where the woods are too thick for true off-roading but there are plenty of steep, gullied, rock-strewn mining/logging roads and 5-6 months of snowy roads everywhere its mostly Subarus and for the truly hardcore or low-key corporate CEOs the vehicle of choice is an ancient Chevy/GM Suburban with locking hubs.

  5. Anonymous

    The cars likely are put on ice for a while in case of a hidden locator, and after the passage of enough time to be considered “clean” (i.e. tracker-free), are put on a ship to Brazil to be sold to a new “owner”.

  6. In France, we say there are more Range Rovers on the Champs Elysees than in all the places in the country where four wheel drive is actually useful……….