Journo’s Story of How His Jaguar Got Stolen and Recovered Is Hollywood-Worthy

Many car owners never get to have the sweet experience of being reunited with their stolen vehicle. Even fewer people have such a thrilling, almost Hollywood-worthy story to tell, like journalist Giles Coren.
Giles Coren's brand new Jaguar I-Pace was stolen, and he recovered it on his own two days later 1 photo
Photo: Twitter/Giles Coren
Coren is a British journalist, food writer, and TV and radio presenter. He’s pretty famous for his work for The Times and, as of late, for his epic story of how his Jaguar I-Pace got stolen from outside his house and recovered two days later. If a modern tale of car theft should be made into a movie, this is probably it, but only as long as Coren serves as narrator.

It all started on April 10, with Coren waking up to see his brand new electric “kitty cat” had gone missing from outside his London home. A bunch of “c***s” stole it, for sure, he said on Twitter, declaring “so f**k them, f**k the environment and f**k any sort of giving a s**t about cars. I’m buying a six year old diesel f**king Skoda and everyone can just f**k off.”

Chalk this up to the rant of a justifiably angry car owner. Coren went on to say that the Jaguar app that told him where his vehicle at all times was worked just fine, except for those times when the vehicle had been nicked. He was, again, justifiably angry, but he soon learned that his anger was misdirected at Jaguar: the thieves had disabled tracking on the car within minutes of stealing it. And yes, they used a relay device to open and start the car.

The next day, Coren got a text from the Met Police, informing him that his car had been located. However, the police told him they didn’t “have the manpower to investigate themselves so I’m heading off alone on foot to see if my car is there… I suppose I’m rather hoping the crims themselves are not still in the vehicle…?”

Coren walked to the location, which was actually not that far off from where he lived and found the I-Pace perfectly parked. Despite his fears, the criminals hadn’t drained the battery, but they did have a blast with it, judging by the fact that the seat had been slung “into the gangster position.” After some debating with himself as to whether he should take his car back, Coren did just that.

He spent the next night barely sleeping, thinking the thieves would come back for the car. Relieved to find it was still there in the morning, he called the police and Jaguar to “unreport” the theft. Jaguar sent a tow truck to pick up the SUV and bring it in to reprogram the keys and fix the jammed tracker. As for the police, Coren was understanding enough. “[Met Police], tks for being sweet - totes understand there are bigger fish to fry than rich people’s cars.”

The only questioning remaining right now is who should play him in the movie.

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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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