The New York Criminal Law Blog

Man's Naivete, Blunder Allow Thieves to Steal Maserati

It was bright and early on a typical Manhattan morning when Chadwick Lange (with a name like that, you know he’s got a Maserati) spotted a friend in Times Square. Lange was apparently so excited to see this friend that he pulled over and left his 2008 black Maserati GranTurismo running.

According to the Daily News, a pair of gawkers approached the vehicle and asked to take pictures with the car. Lange consented. Seconds later, one of the men took off in the vehicle. He stopped down the block, long enough for his friend to join him. The devious duo then fled the scene in perhaps the world’s greatest automobile.

Yes, Chadwick just lost his Maserati.

So far, the thieves with impeccable taste have yet to be located. Considering that the GranTrurismo can go 0-60 in under five seconds and has a top speed of somewhere north of 180 mph, we’d guess they’re somewhere near Jackson Hole, Wyoming by now.

However, should they be caught and extradited back to New York, they face some pretty severe penalties under New York’s larceny statutes.

The Kelley Blue Book value of a 2008 Maserati GranTurismo is about $67,500. That’s only one estimate of the retail value. The statute requires the valuation to be set at either the market value at the time of the theft or the replacement cost. The lowest priced GranTurismo within 200 miles on AutoTrader is about $66,000 as of the time of theft. Others are going for around $100,000.

Any value in that range puts our thieves squarely in the territory of grand larceny in the second degree, which is a class C felony. That means up to fifteen years in prison.

Is it worth it? Oh yes. The Maserati is the ultimate combination of luxury and performance. It has the underpinnings and drivetrain of a Ferrari (Ferrari is the parent company) with beautiful sculpted lines unparalleled by any other make or model.

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