SoCal Cops Seize Mercedes Armed With James Bond Gadget Suspects Use To Evade Capture

Cops Seize Mercedes With License Plate Gadget From James Bond Movie


  • Police in California seized a car armed with a gadget straight out of a James Bond movie
  • Authorities say two burglary suspects used a device similar to one that was first featured in Goldfinger to evade capture
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James Bond has hopped behind the wheel (and, more often than not, put a tremendous dent in the value of) dozens of luxury vehicles over the course of the 27 movies that comprise the franchise that kicked off with 1962’s Dr. No. 

A good chunk of those rides have been equipped with the various gadgets his trusty sidekick Q installs to make it easier for the spy to do spy things, including what may be the most iconic vehicle in Bond’s figurative garage: the Aston Martin DB5 that made its first appearance in Goldfinger.

That vehicle featured a wide array the Chekov’s Gadgets that Bond would ultimately deploy over the course of the film, including tire slashers, a retractable bulletproof screen, a couple of machine guns hidden behind the headlights and, of course, the red button used to trigger the ejector under the passenger seat.

The DB5 also housed a slightly more mundane feature in the form of the revolving license plates that probably wouldn’t come in super handy if authorities were told to be on the lookout for a silver Aston Martin implicated in a litany of international crimes.

However, according to CBS Los Angeles, a similar gadget may have helped two suspects evade capture for as long as they did before the Irvine Police Department tracked down a Mercedes-Benz believed to be involved in multiple burglaries.

The alleged burglars were arrested earlier this week after someone phoned in a tip after spotting the white C300 in question pull into a parking garage. While conducting a search, officers found items taken in one of the burglaries and an array of tools believed to have facilitated it in addition to the most surprising discovery of all: a device capable of flipping the license plate to obscure the details (unlike Bond’s car, it was replaced by a blank slate as opposed to another tag).

It appears there’s also a chance the suspects fell victim to the aforementioned oversight that undermined the utility of the legally dubious gadget (which can be purchased for around $250 online). The car was also outfitted with a set of custom white rims, a detail that was included in the description that ultimately led to the vehicle being discovered.

At least they tried.

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Connor Toole is the Deputy Editor at BroBible. He is a New England native who went to Boston College and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft and convince people he was a member of the Utah Jazz.