Update: Daniel Ott, the geriatric version of Nic Cage's character in Gone in 60 Seconds, was sentenced yesterday to 51 months in federal prison and saddled with a bill of $533,000 to pay restitution for the (at least) 14 sports cars he swiped, according to the ABJ. (The article also has some fun details, like Ott surreptitiously making imprints of keys while checking out cars at dealerships so he could return and drive them off the lot.) — Grzegorek
Daniel Ott likes to steal cars. He stole them in the 80s, he stole them in the 90s, and continued on through the new millennium. At the ripe old age of 71, Ott has finally been caught. A federal grand jury has indicted Ott for "stealing at least 14 new and used Corvettes throughout northern Ohio and Pennsylvania in the last year."
Posing as a senior citizen, Ott apparently would steal the Corvettes from auto dealers and then would deliver them to "chop shops," where the employees there would break the cars down into individual parts and resell them. Ott made a cool $1,200 for each Corvette he would bring in, which he would then use to purchase things such as rocking chairs, baby food and earplugs because of those damn teenagers and their loud music.
Ott said that he stole over 100 Corvettes in his career, possibly because no one wants to yell at an older gentleman asking to test drive every Corvette in the lot.
Officials estimated that Ott's thefts came out to about $700,000 in worth. If only our grandfathers were this cool!