Generally, when a car is stolen, the owner notices it right away. Or, at least when they go to return to their vehicle after a good night’s sleep or shopping trip and it isn’t there. However, that wasn’t quite the case with UK Ford Dealer Fresh Motors after a Ford Focus ST3 was stolen from their lot sometime between late February and early March, as the dealer didn’t notice or report it until March 6th.
In all fairness, with a bunch of vehicles on the lot, it’s not terribly surprising that the dealer didn’t notice one was missing, we suppose. Regardless, the fact that some time passed hasn’t helped its recovery efforts. “The problem was, we didn’t know it was gone straight away,” Jacob Freshwater, owner of Fresh Motors, told the Eastern Daily Press. “This sort of thing is definitely a prevalent crime at the moment – exploiting keyless entry to steal cars. We’ve heard of a couple of other incidents in Watton recently.”
So far, the Norfolk Police Department has come up empty-handed in its search for the stolen Focus ST3, saying that “all lines of inquiry were exhausted” and that “no further action will be taken pending further investigative opportunities.” Thus, for now, it seems like no one has a clue where the car, which was listed for sale for £16,690 ($23,312 USD), might be.
The Focus ST3 is the top trim level of the last generation of the Focus ST, which originally had an MSRP of $31,725. It came loaded with features and amenities, including leather-trimmed seats, Carbon Fiber Interior Accent Package, a power moonroof, ambient lighting, a 10-speaker Sony stereo system, and HID headlights with LED daytime running lights.