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Those guys who stole Evan Longoria’s Camaro: Worst. Auto. Thieves. Ever.

Mar 10, 2011, 9:57 AM EST

Grand Theft Auto

Remember the Evan Longoria GTA?  You kind of figured that was a one-and-done story, but I guess not:

Police in a Phoenix suburb are searching for a stolen 1967 Camaro belonging to Tampa Bay All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria … The Camaro and a classic 1970 Buick belonging to someone else were stolen from a fenced yard last weekend as they awaited restoration work.  Chandler police say they recovered the Buick on Tuesday. A man walking his dog found the car abandoned near a vacant warehouse in Queen Creek, some 15 miles southeast of Chandler.

Really? Abandoned? Back when I was a boy, car thieves got their merch into a chop shop within minutes of boosting it and the remains were on their way to shady parts dealers withing the hour.  Now they’re just abandoning the stuff by the side of the road?  And police actually think they’ll recover the Camaro too?

Man, kids these days have no ambition or work ethic. Makes me sad, really.

  1. heyblueyoustink - Mar 10, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    I’m actually OK with the level of the theives conviction……i imagine it went something like they stole the car, found out via HBT, because everyone is wired in to HBT, it might belong to someone famous, and rather than have to deal with all the nuances of chopping or flat out fencing a famous persons probably customized ride, the did the right thing…..joy ride the hell out of the buick, dump it on the side of the road, wipe the prints, then take the Camaro out for a spin in the desert……i’m betting they’ll find it in a few days…..

    Hell, they could use it as a pickup line “Wanna take a spin in Longo’s dream machine?”

  2. Jonny 5 - Mar 10, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Guy Fieri Had his Lambo lifted too. Reminds me of one of the best car movies ever. Gone in 60 seconds. The original, not the cheap Nick Cage knockoff version.

    • heyblueyoustink - Mar 10, 2011 at 10:21 AM

      Ever see the car chase in the movie Ronin? Check that bad boy out, hooks me every time.

      • cur68 - Mar 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM

        That was a gooder. I always liked the mini chase from The Bourne Identity. I suppose Blues Brothers is just low hanging fruit?

      • Old Gator - Mar 10, 2011 at 10:46 AM

        Sink the Bismarck was all the chase movie I’ve ever needed. Car chases are for the anal retentive.

      • yankeesfanlen - Mar 10, 2011 at 10:48 AM

        Oh, cmon Gator, I’m sure you’ve eluded many enemies through the streets of Macando in your Grand Marquis (de Sade).

      • BC - Mar 10, 2011 at 10:49 AM

        Sorry, I have to vote for the chase scene in The French Connection.

      • cur68 - Mar 10, 2011 at 10:54 AM

        Tut, tut, sir; you have scuffed the floor! I’m a neat freak, too. Us anal retentives also liked The French Connection. And if you want a good boat movie; Dead Calm.
        I imagine the guys in Eva’s muscle car are doing some impression of those guys who were supposed to park Cameron’s Dad’s Ferrari in Ferris Bueller’s Day off. Lord knows that’s how I’d roll.

      • Jonny 5 - Mar 10, 2011 at 11:17 AM

        the original gone in 60 seconds had a car chase that lasted like an hour, destroyed like a thousand cars and ended with a poor woman waiting for her car in the car wash and the guy getting chased switched it on her in the carwash, leaving he heartbroken and crying… It is by far the best car chase EVER!!!

      • ltzep75 - Mar 10, 2011 at 12:37 PM

        For shame. A mini discussion of car chase scenes and yet no mention of Bullitt.

      • BC - Mar 10, 2011 at 1:26 PM

        Oooh. Bullitt is a good one.
        There’s also the one in one of the Beverly Hills Cop movies where Judge Reinhold is tearing after someone in a cement truck. Good for comedic effect, and also impressive at how whoever the stunt driver was got the truck to corner at about 50 mph without rolling.

    • BC - Mar 10, 2011 at 10:47 AM

      If the cops had SCMODS, they’d have recovered the Camaro by now.

    • heyblueyoustink - Mar 10, 2011 at 11:09 AM

      Oh, Gator was just feeling nostalgic there, i’m guessing he mayhaps *served* on one of the ships chasing the Bismark….it’s where he used his experience from serving Black Bart as a lad…..

      • jwbiii - Mar 10, 2011 at 12:27 PM

        At least one of the three survivors of the HMS Hull is still on the green side of the turf. . .

  3. yankeesfanlen - Mar 10, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    A remake of “Vanishing Point”? I fear the worst, maybe Reggie will let Longoria borrow his on alternate Tuesday afternoons.

  4. Roger Moore - Mar 10, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Technology has changed things since when you were a boy. Lojack makes it way too dangerous to take a just stolen car to a chop shop. If the car gets tracked, it’ll lead police right to the heart of the operation. To minimize the risk, well organized thieves will usually let cars sit on the street for a few days after stealing them to make sure they aren’t being tracked.

    Besides, what kind of thief steals a classic car for a chop shop? Chop shops are supposed to deal in popular late model cars, ideally ones with overpriced spare parts. Classics are either going to be stolen by amateurs or people trying to get them intact for collectors.

  5. loungefly74 - Mar 10, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    i enjoyed the end chase in “the road warrior”…

  6. cur68 - Mar 10, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Back when we were lads my brothers and I used to have ‘car chase movie-a-thons.’ Contained herin are some of my favorite childhood memories from back when I could sit in front of a TV and not fall asleep by 2pm. In no particular order;
    Bullitt
    The French Connection
    Terminator II
    The Road Warrior
    The Bourne Identity
    Gone In 60 Seconds
    The Blues Brothers
    Vanishing Point
    Gumball Rally
    Cannon Ball Run
    Smokey & The Bandit

    And now that I’m an older fool the movie I want to see made;
    The Adventures of Evan Longoria’s Car

  7. macjacmccoy - Mar 10, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Fact – “The majority of car thefts are done for joy ride purposes.” Your talking like every car thief is in or should be involved in a big car theft ring. Cars are stolen alot more often for a lot of other reasons that have nothing to do with chopping them up and selling then for parts . You got joy rides, then you got people planning to do a robbery, committ a murder, and generally break the law in a car that isnt registered and cant be traced back to them if caught on video or if someone takes down a licenses plate number. Then you got the people who steal cars bc they dont got 1 and just need to get somewhere. There just a couple of examples of what most likely happened to your car if it ever got stole. All of which happen dozens of more times then a car ending up in a chop shop. And thats the case no matter what decade you are in.

  8. Walk - Mar 11, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    There were two cases here last week that were rather funny. On two occasions people drove the right type of car home, just wasnt the right car. Both drivers had left their keys in the car came back found a car of the same type, hey there is the keys, must be mine, and drove home.

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