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Grand theft Gran Turismo: Maserati stolen from Downtown dealer

By Tony Pierce
Published: Friday, August 17, 2012, at 02:23PM

A still image from surveillance video of the shaved headed suspect accused of driving away in a $75,000 Maserati Gran Turismo

What's the easiest way to steal a $75,000 exotic sports car? Walk into a dealership and simply ask for the keys.

The L.A. Sheriff's Department are saying that's exactly what a man allegedly did last month when a blue 2008 Maserati Gran Turismo was driven off the lot of Motor Village LA on 2025 South Figueroa Street.

"The suspect asked the salesperson for the ignition key to listen to the engine. The salesperson provided the key and the suspect sat in the driver’s seat and started the engine. While the salesperson was holding on to the opened driver’s door, the suspect put the car in drive and drove away northbound on Figueroa," according to Lieutenant Dominic J. Valencia via the department's Facebook page.

Detectives are looking for a man with a shaved head who zoomed off in the sports car in the middle of the afternoon Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

The public is being asked to identify the suspect captured on still image of the surveillance video above. Anyone with information should call 800-299-TRAP (8727) or LACrimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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