Most petrolheads are concerned about parking their cars in public space due to the possibility of an overnight accident, but the German BMW owner had a worse experience. Several elements, including the entire front-end and dashboard, were snatched from their 3-Series at an estimated loss of about € 20,000 ($ 22,000).
The incident took place last weekend in the Lindenplatz district of Hilden, Germany. The 22-year-old owner of the 3-Series locked his car in a car park for the night. Early in the morning, two men noticed that the car had been “hacked” by thieves and alerted police.
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The 3-Series is unrecognizable, as the entire front end is missing, including the bumper, hood and headlights. The thieves stole several parts from the engine bogie, leaving the car parked at the scene. Typically, thieves target the catalyst converters on wheels, or parked vehicles, but in this case, they had other parts in mind.
Interestingly, the theft did not end there, but continued inside BMW’s cabin. The car does not have a full dashboard assembly, steering wheel, instrument cluster, infotainment screen, gearconob and center console, as well as several trim pieces from the door.
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From the look of the rest of the interior of the cabin, we can say that it is a sixth-generation 3-Series (F30), produced sometime between 2012 and 2018. From the amount of missing and damaged components, the estimated খরচ 22k repair cost for it sounds pretty accurate, although it might make more sense for the owner to buy a new car instead of fixing this mess.
In any case, we hope that the insurance company will compensate the unfortunate owner and the police will catch the brave thieves. On that front, the investigation has so far found no suspects, with Metman police seeking information from eyewitnesses who saw a large car or a van in the area during the night between Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June. 4th.