As a Porsche certified shop, we get to work on some of the most sophisticated vehicles in the world here at Anderson Behel, the finest collision repair facility in Silicon Valley. Here is a story about a brazen car thief who stole an expensive Porsche, but he didn't get away with it and now he sits in jail.
Francisco Gonzalez-Velasquez, a 22-year-old man in Salt Lake City, didn't just swipe a any car late one night. No, instead he stole a $1.7 million Porsche 918 Spyder from a dealership showroom on a Sunday. during the daytime.
Salt Lake City CBS affiliate KUTV reports that Gonzalez-Velasquez made off with the 918 after smashing the window and stealing the car's keys at Porsche Salt Lake City at around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. He was apprehended and arrested by police around 10:30 p.m. that night—less than two miles from the dealer.
Porsche Salt Lake City confirmed that the car Gonzalez-Velasquez stole was a Martini-liveried 918 Spyder Weissach Edition its selling for $1.695 million. According to the sales listing on the dealer's site, the car has just 793 miles on the clock, though that number is probably a bit higher now.
The car is safely back at Porsche Salt Lake City, but perhaps this time the dealer will make sure the keys are locked away in a safe.