Thief Steals Autotrader Editor’s Mercedes ML55 AMG, Ditches It After Search Goes Viral

Earlier this month, we featured a video by Autotrader’s Tyler Hoover which highlighted the Mercedes ML55 AMG that he bought for just $3,500.

He recently purchased a new vehicle, though, so he decided to prepare to sell the ML55 AMG by getting it detailed at a local shop. This is where things took a bad turn, as the detailer did a full interior shampoo and left the car running with the heater on to dry it out faster. The car was apparently stolen from the shop at that time and set in motion a strange series of events.

Hoover only had liability coverage on the Mercedes, so he set out on a desperate mission to try to locate the car himself after contacting the police. This turned out to be a fruitless endeavor, so he launched a “Find Hoovie’s Mercedes” Facebook page and contacted local television stations.

The latter move paid off, as the local ABC affiliate used the story as its lead during the 10 o’clock news. The attention sparked a flurry of activity and Hoover was contacted by a woman who had seen his Mercedes posted on someone’s Facebook page.

The two looked for the car that night but didn’t have any luck. The woman continued looking the next day and eventually came across Hoover’s Mercedes. She contacted the police, but they had to break off the search after a short chase, which reportedly hit speeds up to 80 mph (128 km/h).

The driver was eventually arrested on an unrelated charge, but apparently didn’t give up any information about the ML. However, the police eventually found the Mercedes a few days later. The thief had driven the car into the woods in an attempt to hide it. This resulted in the damage to the paint and front bumper, but at least Hoover will get his Mercedes back.


  • And the douchebag douchebags on.

  • Six_Tymes

    car thief’s are such Ultra d-bags

    • SteersUright

      I’d say all thieves. But these guys are small time and dont impact much, despite irritating the bejesus out of the poor victim. The real thieves we should be concerned with, however, are all hiding in plain sight in City Halls, Board Rooms, and D.C.

  • thunder bolt

    Wichita Kansas must be a low crime city, cop got time on their hands, they got lab tech to take finger print of stolen used car.
    In Los Angeles, If you locate your new car by Lojack and call the cop, the cop will tell you to go get it yourself.

    • brn

      Another reason I’m glad I don’t live in Los Angeles.

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