By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
TAYLOR – A BMW 750LI luxury car offered by a Pennsylvania dealer was stolen by an interested buyer Sept. 20 following a meet up and test drive from a Taylor gas station.
The vehicle was recovered four days later in Detroit without its license plate.
The seller, Ibrahim Khalil Safa, 39, of Allentown, Pa., owner of the Luxury Auto Group of West Hazelton, Pa., had his cousin, Adam Shaheen, 19, of Dearborn Heights drive the luxury car from Pennsylvania to Michigan to meet with an interested buyer.
The two met the morning of Sept. 20 at Marathon, 21933 Van Born Road in Taylor, and went for a test drive.
After the test drive, the two men walked around the outside of the vehicle, after which the purported buyer re-entered the car and sat behind the wheel, asking Shaheen to walk to the other side of the vehicle.
However, the man locked the car doors and drove away without Shaheen, driving east on Van Born toward the Southfield Freeway.
The man was described as black, wearing a blue jogging suit, about 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thin build. He was also wearing a midriff shirt and had long groomed fingernails.
Surveillance camera footage from the gas station revealed that the car thief was driven to the gas station by a person in a black Chevy Malibu, who left the scene after the man drove off with the BMW.
Police officers were given the cell phone number which the suspect used to arrange for the test drive, and discovered that the phone was registered to a woman.
After the stolen BMW was recovered Sept. 24, it was impounded until the owner could retrieve it.