It’s a bad week to be a Maserati owner in New York City.
In the past three days, $280,000 worth of Maseratis have been swiped in the Big Apple, which may seem like a ton of money — and it is — but it equates to only two Maseratis.
For comparison, you could buy 17.5 2010 Honda Accords with 33,000 miles on them for the same price as the two Maseratis stolen in New York City in the last three days.
Regardless, the latest Maserati stolen belongs to a New York City corrections officer, and the way he lost it isn’t nearly as stupid as how the last pricey ride got jacked.
Two thieves — one of whom had a gun — went to the luxury car service at Jamaica Avenue and 93rd Avenue in Hollis where corrections officer Maurice Jones works at about 7:30 p.m. yesterday. They demanded the keys to the $130,000 Quattroporte, which Jones handed over without a fight.
The two thieves jumped in the car and took off down Jamaica Avenue towards Brooklyn. Cops were called and a pursuit commenced.
During the chase, the Maserati hit another vehicle — but the thieves continued on, with police in hot pursuit.
The suspects abandoned the car at Van Siclen Court in East New York. They remain on the loose.
Yesterday, we brought you the idiotic tale of Chadwick Lange, a real estate mogul who left his $150,000 Maserati idling when he pulled over to talk to a friend near 47th Street and Broadway in Times Square at about 4:40 Sunday morning.
As he was chatting with his friend, two men approached him and asked if they could snap some photos of his 2008 Gran Turismo — which, again, was idling with the keys in the ignition just feet away.
The faux-photogs snapped a few shots of the pricey ride as Lange continued to ham it up with his buddy. Then, as you might have guessed, one of the men jumped into the car and sped off. He slowed down about a block away, so his friend could jump into the vehicle and then drove off.
The car has not been recovered — and Lange doesn’t want to talk about his bone-headed decision to leave his $150,000 idling in Times square at
4:30 in the morning.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 15, 2012