An excited GM customer in Arizona was left shocked after the brand-new 2022 GMC Sierra HD that he waited six months to receive was stolen right out of his driveway after just two days of ownership.
As reported by local NBC affiliate 12 News, the thief backed a Ford tow truck into the driveway of the victim’s home in Peoria, Ariz. at around 3 a.m. on July 29th before hitching the vehicle up and driving off with it. The owner noticed he had received a notification from the MyGMC app on his phone that his OnStar theft alert had been triggered and that his vehicle had a flat tire, but about 40 minutes had elapsed before he saw the alert, allowing the thief to take off with the dream pickup that he had been waiting months to receive.
The Peoria Police Department is asking the public to keep an eye out for the thief’s vehicle, which is described as a white Ford tow truck with a black toolbox mounted to its side. A similar-looking truck was spotted in the same neighborhood as this victim, driving off with a 2018 model-year GMC Sierra HD that was later reported stolen, so it’s possible there’s a professional thief targeting full-size GM vehicles in the area. That said, police have not said if the two reported thefts are related.
While hitching a vehicle up and towing it away is a brazen way to steal a vehicle, it’s not unheard of. Many owners of modern-day vehicles are aware of common vehicle theft techniques involving key spoofing or plugging devices into a vehicle’s OBD2 port, however they may be less concerned about having their vehicle simply towed away like this. It seems as though the only way concerned motorists can prevent a towing theft is by parking their vehicle indoors, or perhaps by using a wheel clamp of some type.
Check out the news report embedded below.