Russian Thieves Nabbing Porsche Headlights, Holding them for Ransom

As is often the case with expensive cars, owning a Porsche Cayenne or Panamera can be a nightmare in impoverished regions, where people are more inclined towards vandalism and other types of crimes.
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Photo: Dimabalakirev
Now... we known that the Russian aren't your favorite type of people, what with the Ukrainian crisis and all. But taking that into account and the fact that they're wealthy, we still feel very sorry for what's happening to Porsche Cayenne and Panamera drivers over there.

You see, thieves have discovered that the headlights on these two models can be taken out very easily without actually opening the hood and fiddling with screws. So they're nabbing them in order to make some quick money.

But rather than selling them at used car markets, like they do with the stolen wheels, Russian thieves have devised an ingenious way to hasten their profit. They place a note on the windshield telling the owner that the headlights have been hidden somewhere nearby. If they pay a type of digital currency, which is popular in the country, to a specified account, they receive a text with the location of their stolen goods.

Considering a new set of headlights for these cars probably costs in the area of €5,000, most people gladly pay the ransom, which is a fraction of that cost. However, can you imagine how traumatic this must be, to have your beloved Porsche treated like that?

Almost two years ago, we ran a story about Porsche Cayenne and Panamera headlights being stolen in the Netherlands. However, while the Russians are asking for money, people in Amsterdam were taking headlights because the GID bulbs were perfect for growing marijuana.

Porsche might want to think of these things when designing the headlights for the next Panamera, due out in 2016.

Photo via Dimabalakirev
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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