Stealing a car like say, the Honda Civic is fairly simple work. Parts are plentiful, the cars themselves are seemingly innumerable, and the police aren’t going to put much effort into tracking down a $1,200 beater. But stealing a legendary car like the Dodge Viper presents its own set of problems, though that didn’t discourage these thieves from pilfering one of these ultra performance cars.
NJ.com reports that police in the town of Clinton, New Jersey found a stolen-and-stripped 2001 Dodge Viper in an apartment complex. The car was originally stolen from New Hampshire, an estimated 300 miles away.
According to police, the Viper made the journey to New Jersey at least part of the way via tow truck when it was originally stolen…seven months ago. The thieves stole many of the expensive-to-replace body panels. This includes the bumper cover, doors, seats, roof panel, hood, and quarter panels, though the thieves left the V10 engine and six-speed transmission in place. Fortunately for the thieves, it could make tracking them down that much more difficult.
The car was kept covered in the corner of the parking lot, and there’s no indication of who brought it there or where it was stripped, though the parts taken add up to a tidy sum. A new hood for a Viper can bring close to $10,000, and the roof panel is worth over a $3,000 for a hardtop. Each quarter panel, brand new, is close to $5,000, so the used ones should be worth at least half of that. All told, the thieves easily made away with $25,000 worth of hard-to-track parts.
They’re still scumbags, but they’re scumbags who’ve done their homework apparently.