Movies like Gone in 60 Seconds make stealing cars seem like an exhilarating pastime involving beautiful women, priceless automobiles, and speed. Knoxville’s underground world of auto theft happens on a slightly smaller scale, and it’s only slightly less dramatic. Or, in this case, a lot less.
The Knoxville Police Department received a call on May 7, around midnight, in regard to a burglary. The complainant claimed that his next-door neighbor at the Red Carpet Inn had come over at around 10:30 p.m. asking for some coffee. The victim went to get the coffee, leaving the suspect alone in the living room momentarily. The suspect allegedly said, “That’s all right, I don’t need it,” and left in a hurry. Shortly after the neighbor left, the victim noticed that his 1955 Cadillac model car was missing. The victim filed a report and intends to press charges.
The suspect appears to have a good tactic here: Start small and learn the basics with model cars, then work up to something a bit more impressive. Perhaps a Power Wheels is next? Unfortunately, the coffee bait-and-switch probably won’t work beyond model car theft.