A video of the incident was uploaded to a Facebook fan page called C8 Corvette Owners and Friends this week. The video shows the customer starting up the mid-engine sports car and attempting to drive away as the salesperson tries to stop them. The thief then proceeds to pull the vehicle out of the showroom and drive away as the salesman and other dealership employees watch on in disbelief.
According to the original Facebook post, this harebrained car thief only drove about a mile or so before they were caught. The vehicle was later returned to the dealership without incident. It’s not clear if the person was arrested after this little stunt. It’s also not clear if the sports car had already been sold and the customer was waiting to take delivery, or if the dealership was still seeking a buyer for it.
Another commenter said the customer only wanted to get in the vehicle to check out the interior and did not mention taking the vehicle for a test drive. The salesperson was about to join them in the passenger seat of the vehicle, but the thief then started the vehicle up and began driving away.
This is the second viral mishap involving a Chevy dealer and C8 Corvette Stingray in recent weeks. Last month, a Chevy dealer went viral after a service person was caught joyriding and street racing a customer’s C8 Corvette Stingray by the onboard Performance Data Recorder camera system. The dealership has since offered to replace the customer’s car with a new 2022 Corvette Stingray.
Check out the video of this brazen, mid-day C8 Corvette Stingray heist embedded below.