Maserati Stolen from Correction Officer at Gunpoint in Queens
QUEENS — A city correction officer was robbed of his $130,000 Maserati at gunpoint at the Hollis luxury car service he and his family own Tuesday night — the second car from the luxury Italian brand stolen in the city this week, according to officials and reports.
The carjacking happened around 7:30 p.m. when two men threatened Officer Maurice Jones with a gun and demanded his $130,000 Quattroporte at Jamaica and 93rd avenues, the Daily News reported Tuesday.
“They said they were taking the car and that was it,” Jones told the News. “I saw the gun, and I gave it to them.”
The men sped off in the car, driving down Jamaica Avenue toward Brooklyn, the report said. Police were called and chased after them.
A garage owner across from where the car was taken on 93rd Avenue said he saw the black Maserati driven out of the garage at Ashby Luxury Car and Services, which Jones reportedly owns, in a rush.
"It's a Maserati so everyone pays attention to it," said the 72-year-old man, who only have his first name, Walter. "You normally don't drive like that with that car."
The car had been parked in front of the luxury car service for the past two or three days, according to Walter. The other luxury vehicles like Mercedes and Infinitis are generally parked in the back, he added.
The Maserati reportedly hit another car near Broadway Junction subway stop in East New York, but managed to elude police.
Officers found the abandoned car at Van Siclen Court and Jamaica Avenue in Cypress Hills using the car's GPS, police said.
Ron Santos, who owns the Jasmine Cakes Bakery across Jamaica Avenue, said Jones just opened the business in July.
"I feel bad for him as it's just opened," said Santos, who is in his 40s. "All his family works here — his brother, his uncle. He told me to come over to see the Maserati as I have never been in one before."
The theft came just days after another Maserati was stolen in Times Square.
Real estate mogul Chadwick Lange was reportedly driving through Midtown early Sunday morning when he spotted a friend.
He jumped out of the car to say hello, leaving the keys in the car and the motor running.
Two men then approached him and asked if they could take a picture inside the car.
He agreed and continued to speak to his friend while the men took a few shots and then drove off with the fancy ride.
There have been no arrests in either incident and the car from the Times Square theft is still missing, police said.
It was also not clear if the thefts were connected.
"It's a hard car to steal," said Santos. "How many Maseratis are there in Queens do you think? Maybe one or two? It's not a Camry."