A limited-edition Ford Mustang Bullitt was almost lost after a burglary. Luckily, this story has a (relatively) happy ending.
Thieves broke into Town and Country Ford in Evansville, Indiana by pushing the doors open from the outside and making their way into the building. Police say that once the thieves were inside the dealership, they promptly made their way to the room where the keys to all the cars on the lot are kept and made off with several sets of keys – including those to a limited-edition 2019 Mustang Bullitt. The thieves climbed into the pony, fired it up, and then used the Dark Highland Green Mustang to finish opening the doors from the inside to make their getaway.
Larry Oldham, general manager of Town and Country Ford, said that the dealership has had cars stolen before, “but never quite like this.” He notes that he had never had someone tear the doors off the showroom to get a car. “We had 30-feet of glass inside the showroom and the thieves used the Mustang to finish prying the doors open noting that the locks on the dealership doors were still engaged,” according to Oldham.
The odd part about the theft is that the thieves drove the car only a few blocks, where police found it abandoned in the parking lot of an apartment complex. Oldham figures that the crooks might have gotten spooked and dumped the car, but police have a different theory. Captain Andy Chandler wonders if the theft of the 2019 Mustang Bullitt wasn’t a ploy to distract from the theft of another vehicle.
On the seat of the limited-edition Mustang, the police found keys to a 2018 Ford F-150 Super Cab, a popular version of the best-selling vehicle in the entire country. Upon initial review, police determined that three sets of keys were missing from the dealership, but Oldham says all were later accounted for and locks have now been changed.
As for the condition of the 2019 Mustang Bullitt, it was scratched and had chips and the hood and bumpers will need to be painted. The police have made no arrests in the case, but they have lifted fingerprints off the steering wheel and hope to find a match. The dealership’s video surveillance system was not working at the time the car was stolen.
Ford unveiled the limited-edition Bullitt Mustang in January 2018. The car packs a 475-horsepower, dual-injected, Coyote 5.0-liter V8 engine using a special open-air induction system and an intake manifold from the Mustang Shelby GT350 with 87-mm throttle bodies. Bullitt Mustangs come in Black or Dark Highland Green colors and the model is meant to commemorate the Steve McQueen movie “Bullitt” that has one of the most iconic car chase scenes in movie history. The stunt car from the classic ’60s film where the Bullitt Mustang gets its name is undergoing restoration.
The only transmission option is a 6-speed manual and the car includes Performance Pack 1 options as standard. Pricing for the Bullitt Mustang starts at $46,595, and the car the thieves made off with was well-optioned with a sticker of $51,760.
Source: Detroit Free Press