Editor's note: Police have located the missing vehicle, Palo Alto Detective Sergeant Brian Philip said Wednesday, July 2. The car was found unoccupied in Los Angeles. It is being recovered and returned to the owner, Philips said, and police will continue to investigate the theft.
Police are looking for a blue 2013 two-door Bentley Continental GT convertible -- which has a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of just under $177,000 -- that was reported stolen from the 800 block of Stanford Avenue in Palo Alto last Friday.
Palo Alto Detective Sergeant Brian Philip said an initial report stated the car had been parked for a "significant amount of time, six weeks or something," though he didn't yet know if the owner had reparked it in the same area or if it hadn't been moved during that time.
Residential Palo Alto streets generally have a 72-hour limit on continuous parking.
The car was noticed missing when the owner went to retrieve it just after 8 p.m. on Friday, June 27, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
The car registration had a Menlo Park address, Philips said. Police are planning to re-contact the owner to get more information, he added.
"Just because it's a Bentley doesn't make it a priority," Philip said. "It's a priority because it's unique enough that somebody could actually (identify) it as opposed to a generic vehicle."
The vehicle's license plate number is 6ZVP247. Police are asking that anyone with information about the theft call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can text or call 650-383-8984, or email email@example.com.