Mustang theft:'This guy wants to go out in a blaze of glory'
IN 15 years of owning the Fraser Ford dealership at Proserpine, not once has a car being stolen under the nose of owner Brian Little.
At five minutes to closing time, an employee had started the afternoon process of bringing in the cars from the showroom into the building for the night. The new grey coloured 2017 model Ford GT Mustang was sitting outside, blocked by another car.
For just "30 seconds" the employee turned their back to get the keys for the other vehicle to move it - leaving the keys to the Mustang inside the door. But when they returned, the car, worth about $55,000, was gone. Mr Little said unbeknown to them, a white Toyota HiLux was sitting across the road "casing" the store.
"They got out of the car, walked five metres, got in the Mustang, started it and drove off," Mr Little alleged.
"Within 30 seconds of the salesman turning his back, he (the thief) was in the car and gone.
"Opportunist; yep. Extremely unlucky; yep," he said of the incident.
Yesterday, the car was causing havoc on Mackay's roads.
"I had a bloke from Mackay ring me before saying 'Brian I just passed your mustang on Sugar Shed Rd'," Mr Little said.
"At the same time a detective walked through the front door here... I said mate, 'the car has been spotted on Sugar Shed Rd'.
"He said, 'we know. We're tracking him'.
"This guy wants to go out in a blaze of glory."
Two of his employees followed the stolen vehicle to Bloomsbury "at a normal speed".
"(They were) talking to the truckies, and the truckies are going, 'yep mate, this Mustang has just gone past me at warped speed'," he said.
The police then told the workers to stand down, as the man was "dangerous" and they would intercept him, Mr Little said.