Dashcam Catches BMW i3 Car Thief In Action, On The Phone, With EV Grin – Video


An unsuspecting BMW i3 car thief in London is recorded by the car’s dashcam making an incriminating phone call. As he drives through Enfield, in North London, he speaks at length to a potential purchaser. The thief gives details about his whereabouts, as well as an explanation of the car and where he is taking it. He says:

Dashcam Footage From Stolen BMW i3

Dashcam Footage From Stolen BMW i3

“Listen, I ain’t never been in a car like this. This car, will leave, anything for dust! It is off! It can move!”

As the drive continues, the thief makes his destination more clear and tries to assure that the buyer has his phone number and is planning to show up to see the car. He explains that he will be waiting with the vehicle at his flat near the North Middlesex Hospital.

The next day, before the thief was able to secure a transaction, the BMW i3 owner used GPS to find and retrieve that car. Shortly thereafter, the owner’s friend posted the camera’s footage to YouTube, along with a Tweet. As can be expected, it became a viral video with 50,000 views in the first twenty four hours.

Fortunately, there was no impending incident when the car was recovered by the owner. Surprisingly, the London police don’t intend to find or accuse the thief. Vehicle theft is high and rising in London, especially in the Enfield area.

Source: Autoblog

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27 Comments on "Dashcam Catches BMW i3 Car Thief In Action, On The Phone, With EV Grin – Video"

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Police won’t do anything about it. Sounds like par for the course. No surprises there.

But they will happily spend a few minutes to write you a ticket

The owner got his car back, so technically speaking – there is no theft anymore

Uh, no. The crime of theft happened at the moment the thief took the property with the intention to convert it to their own use. Putting it back or failing to dispose of the property does not negate the initial act.

Correct. Theft is an act and so is restitution but one does not cancel the other.

Not in England, I’m afraid. If you can’t prove an intention to *permanently* deprive the owner of his property you have no theft. Hence our wonderful offence of ‘Taking a motor vehicle without the owners consent’ aka ‘TWOC’ brought about to deal with ‘joy-riders’ who take a car to take their equally unsociable mates for a spin or to get home from the pub or something and dump it later, never intending to keep it or sell it on etc. However, it sounds like this vehicle was the proceeds of a burglary and that would be the primary offence he would be charged with. Besides which he has given ample evidence of an intention to permanently deprive in his unwitting confession.

The video actually starts in Muswell Hill Road, London, N10, heading north (not Enfield which is some miles to the north and near where the oik lives… Edmonton, or ‘Emunun’ as this fellow would no doubt pronounce it… where else).

It is “Taking without consent” not Theft

Cripes! ‘Taking a conveyance’ went out years ago!

Yea He Love’s it! Cuz He is talking to the Buyer at the other end , A typical thief salesman , Talking Up the car to make a sale…

Wait . . . car thieves are stealing short range EVs? I’m kinda surprised.

Is that a veiled jab at EVs or are you asking out of honesty? Thieves often take cars to sell for scrap. A chop-shop, I believe it’s called, is a place where a car is broken down into scrap metal and constituent parts.

The joke’s on the thief, however, as I doubt the local chop shop would know what to do with an i3. There’s obviously lots of valuable battery on-board, but these criminals are used to disassembling ICEs, and the i3 has materials and principles they will be unfamiliar with.

Wow… Why can’t the English, speak English?

Aye, BMW should *definitely* put that into one of its i3 commercials.

Because he’s uneducated scum. A chav. Street vermin. Do not throw us all into that boat.

This video was definitely not taken during REx operation.

How did he steal it? He must’ve had the key/dongle?

While I like his taste in cars, the way he drives on the wrong side of the road, clearly a deranged individual! 😉

I want to know how it was stolen. I thought these new keyless systems were supposed to be hard to steal.

They were. And then they were hacked.

But to be clear, a typical way would be someone forgetting to turn their car off and lock it, which is more likely with a PEV with buttonless entry.

The most likely scenario – especially in this quite affluent part of north London – is by what are referred to as ‘letterbox burglaries’ where said scum-sucker fishes the owner’s keys off a side-stand or whatever (fairly stupidly positioned within eyesight of open letterbox) easily within stick-with-hook reach of the front door letterbox and then helps himself to the beamers sitting outside the house or lets themselves in to nick whatever they can lay their grubby little mitts on… then taking their cars to get away in.

This is already better than the Prius commercial.

Here’s the reverse angle from the dash-cam.


Even stupid British criminals prefer EVs. If only the American public was as smart.

I’m unfamiliar with the i3. With regards to the GPS used to find and recover the i3, does BMW have an OEM security/navigation system with GPS tracking, ala GM’s Onstar service? Or did the bloke you got his i3 stolen have an aftermarket GPS tracker in the car or perhaps left a smartphone (ie: find my iPhone app) in the i3.

I suspect this is merely a BMW Viral Ad.

The i3 just isn’t that compelling.

Anon – I take it you’ve not driven it, and left others for dust?

sven – the bloke used BMW iRemote app available for the i3 and i8 on IOS and Android.
Most of the features are also available on the BMW ConnectedDrive Website.

The BMW server talks to the cars constantly recording the GPS coordinates. You can track down where the car is at any point. This is how he found it, despite calling Mondial Assistance / Allianz Assistance for help – they gave him wrong information that the car could not communicate with their computers to give it’s current location. He then went and logged into the iRemote app and used the Mapping feature to find the car without the thief knowing. (unlike when you try to find a lost iPhone). It’s disgraceful that the London Metropolitan Police won’t take action despite knowing it was stolen, it’s receovery address, and video evidence. Appalling attitude.