Four luxury vehicles have been stolen from a Manhattan parking garage in a dramatic armed robbery.
Local police report that a parking attendant was guarding the luxury vehicles when a group of men pulled a gun on him. The robbers then quickly escaped in a handful of luxury vehicles, including a BMW X7 and a Mercedes-Benz G550.
The incident happened at the Gotham West parking garage on W45th Street in Hell’s Kitchen between 5:15 and 5:30 a.m.
“They robbed the overnight guy at gunpoint. It was awful – he’s ok, but he had never experienced that before,” a parking manager told W42ST.
The BMW X7 owned by Lata Islam was one of the vehicles stolen. She is a monthly parking customer and attempted to track the X7’s whereabouts using the remote smartphone app. However, it was nowhere to be seen, indicating that the thieves may have disconnected the location system.
“On Monday, September 19, 2022 at approximately 0527 hours police responded to a 911 call of a robbery in the vicinity of West 45 Street and 11 Avenue (GMC Parking) within the confines of the Midtown North Precinct,” the New York Police Department confirmed in a statement. “Upon arrival officers were informed by three unidentified individuals entered the location, displayed a firearm and forcibly removed four vehicles. There are no reported injuries as a result of this incident. There are no arrests and the investigation remains ongoing.”
At least two of the vehicles have been recovered. One of them was a Mercedes-Benz G550 that the owner tracked through the Mercedes App and found that it had moved to New Jersey. Police in New Jersey used the GPS data from the SUV and discovered that it had been loaded into a shipping container and was going to be sent to Africa, NBC New York reports.