Locked car stolen from Phoenix driveway in 60 seconds

Posted at 10:23 PM, Oct 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-06 01:24:19-04

A crook was caught on home surveillance video breaking into a locked car, starting the engine without the keys and taking off from a driveway near 24th Street and Indian School Road.

The homeowner says he believes the thief is a professional and was shocked by how quickly his car was taken in the middle of the night. It just took seconds. 

The cameras were rolling on the thief at 2:42 a.m. A shadow passes in front of the car and you can see the guy getting to work. 

"Gone in 60 seconds," said the car owner Frankie, who didn't want to give his last name. "It was quick."

Frankie woke up to an empty driveway. He says his 2000 Honda Civic was locked. He still has the keys that were sitting inside his home. 

When he watched his security video, he saw the crime play out in just seconds. 

"He goes up to it, opens the door, steals it," said Frankie. "Just like you would buy a loaf of bread."

Frankie filed a police report. The officer speculated if the thief could have a special "jiggle key" or possibly a screw driver to get it started. 

"They also told me that today 20 cars will be stolen in Phoenix," said Frankie. "So it happens quite often."

Frankie also spotted the crook on his security camera in the back alley of his home. The guy actually jumped over into his neighbor's yard, but ultimately decided to choose his driveway instead. 

It's a neighborhood with lots of families and kids playing, but it suddenly feels a bit darker for Frankie and his loved ones. 

"Not as safe, because someone can just disrespect your property and take something from you," said Frankie. 

The stolen car is a 2000 Honda Civic. It's a champagne, tan color with license plate AHR2838.