If you’re going to steal a celebrity’s car, you might have trouble pulling off the caper by driving away in the victim’s Maserati.
Burglars who broke into the home of Miley Cyrus in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley last Friday not only took jewelry, but her Maserati Quattroporte sedan, according to police. Beautiful car, but instantly recognizable anywhere, even in Los Angeles which is thick with exotic luxury cars. Based on security camera footage, it looks like the burglars were a man and woman who scaled the fence when no one was home, then plundered the garage and house.
Only 755 Quattroportes have been sold in the U.S. so far this year through April, up from 83 last year, according to Autodata. Far fewer, of course, would be running around L.A.
By comparison, if the burglars had stolen a Mercedes S Class, spotting the stolen car would be harder — given the numbers on the street. Some 7,278 of them were sold in the U.S. in the first four months of this year.
No question about it: You can make a quick getaway in a Quattroporte. Maserati says its 404-horsepower, twin-turbo V-6 has a top speed of 176 miles per hour.
The Quattroporte, which starts at $102,500, comes in an even more deluxe GTS version at $140,500. It wasn’t disclosed which one Cyrus had parked at her house.
Still, the search goes on. Los Angeles police officers are asking anyone who sees the car or the jewels or knows anything about who might have pulled off the caper to call detectives in the North Hollywood division.