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Authorities hunt thief who drove away with $75,000 Maserati

August 17, 2012 |  7:36 am

Investigators are asking for the public's help tracking down a man who stole a $75,000 Maserati from a car dealership near downtown Los Angeles.

The theft occurred July 18 at Motor Village L.A. on South Figueroa Street, according to authorities.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has released surveillance video of the suspect, who posed as a customer.

Officials said the suspect asked for the key to listen to the engine of the Maserati -- with the salesperson holding on to the driver's side door -- and then drove away.

The stolen car is a 2008 Maserati GranTurismo valued at $75,000. The car has a 405 horsepower V-8 engine and can go from 0 to 60 in 5 seconds, easily reaching speeds of 180 mph. A new model costs about $135,000 with all the options.

Anyone with information is asked to call the L.A. County Sheriff's Department or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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