ATLANTA — Hip-hop singer Akon’s luxury SUV with expensive items inside stolen at a gas station Monday night in Atlanta.
Atlanta police said officers were called to the QuickTrip on Sidney Marcus Boulevard just before midnight in reference to a vehicle theft.
When they arrived, they met Aliaune Thiam, aka Akon, who told them he left his 2020 Range Rover running at the gas station when someone slipped inside and drove off.
Akon told police that once his SUV was stolen, it was followed by a dark-colored sedan going eastbound on Sidney Marcus Boulevard towards Buford Highway.
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Police said surveillance video showed the suspect car pulling up beside Akon’s SUV, a passenger getting out of the car and slipping into the driver’s seat and driving off.
Akon said his cell phone was inside the SUV and that he was using “Find My iPhone” to track the SUV. According to the app, the SUV was in Forest Park. That’s where police later found it.
Akon told police that he had some expensive items inside his SUV including a diamond necklace valued at $25,000, thousands of dollars’ worth of Louis Vuitton luggage and his passport.
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Akon becomes the latest Atlanta celebrity to have their car stolen in the city.
In January, Ludacris had his Mercedes-Benz stolen while he went to the ATM near 8th and Peachtree Street in Midtown.
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.
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.
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