Atlanta rapper, actor Ludacris’ luxury car stolen as he used an ATM

ATLANTA — If it can happen to Ludacris, it can happen to you.

Someone stole Atlanta rapper Ludacris’ Mercedes-Benz on Monday while he went to the ATM near 8th and Peachtree Street. He told police he left the car running while he went to get money.

The rapper told police he had an iPad in the car and that he was tracking it. Police said they later were able to track down the iPad to a Hyundai SUV parked outside a home on Lois Place in northwest Atlanta. Inside were Ludacris’ iPad, his Louis Vuitton bag and a laptop, police said. Those items were returned to Ludacris.

Police said officers found other items -- three Gucci bags and an iPhone -- inside the car that were related to a car break-in on Howell Mill Road on Jan. 23.

Mercedes-Benz was able to help police track down Ludacris’ 2020 Mercedes-Benz S63 to a parking lot for the Spectrum on Spring apartment complex in midtown.

“It’s imperative that people take their key fob with them when they leave their vehicle,” said Atlanta police Deputy Chief Michael O’Connor.

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Police said about 70% of auto thefts in metro Atlanta in 2020 were cars with the key fobs inside.

Ludacris isn’t the only celebrity to have his car stolen in Atlanta.

Last month, singer and actor Tyrese Gibson had his Range Rover stolen right out of the driveway of his Buckhead home.

Gibson told police that he left the key fob to the Ranger Rover in the cup holder of the SUV.

In January 2020, billionaire Spanx founder, Sara Blakely, had her Land Rover stolen at the company’s headquarters, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

She told police she parked her SUV in the parking deck of The Shops Buckhead Atlanta on Peachtree Road and said she left the key fob in the center console. Read more here.