Evan Wexler, a successful hamburger and steak supermarket wholesaler, ran naked holding with a loaded semi-automatic rifle in hand in order to get rid of car thieves! The meat mogul, who lives in Fort Lee, N.J., owns countless high-end vehicles. But the price he’s had to pay is an army of would-be thieves.
The 56-year-old had sat idly by as car thieves attempted to steal his luxury cars – which included his Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Hummer. Wexler counted 17 attempts – over the course of two years. Finally, the businessman had enough. On attempt number 18, which occurred on March 25, 2020, Evan Wexler sprinted from his fortified mansion in the exclusive section of the Bluffs in Fort Lee, with his gun in hand.
He shot the semi-automatic rifle, identified by police as an AR-15, in an attempt to ward off the car thieves from stealing his Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Coupe, Mercedes G-Wagon, and other expensive sports cars parked in his driveway.
CCTV footage documented the wild confrontation. Instead of targeting the car thief, police charged Wexler with aggravated assault and possession of weapons for unlawful purposes. In an attempt to stave off jail time, the meat mogul pleaded guilty to a more minimal charge. He got two years probation for possession of a deadly weapon and the case went away.
“I’m a guy who’s terrorized living in Fort Lee,” Wexler told the New York Post. “An incident happens where a guy gets my car started, I came out of the house with a rifle, the guy puts the car into drive, drives forward, and my gun discharges.”
Evan Wexler went on to explain that after he shot the gun, the “Fort lee police show up.” But the businessman pointed out that “there’s no victim of a shooting” and still “they come and turn the tables on me.”
In the video footage captured by Wexler’s security cameras, the car thief can be seen fleeing the scene as a naked Even Wexler stands on his front porch with his AR-15. The fact that it was attempt number 18 had Wexler on edge. He claimed that he reported the incidents to the police 25 times since the incidents began in Aug. 2019.
“I’m tired and anxious,” he said, explaining that police have not been able to fully crackdown on the recent carjackings. Evan Wexler admitted that “I have had too many sleepless nights because I’m helpless.”
While he used to have firearms in his home for protection, those defenses have been stripped since the incident on March 25, 2020. After a pre-trial intervention, the meat mogul was instructed to sell his guns on top of the two-year probation. While police have increased patrols in the affected areas, Wexler claimed that the car bandits still sneak onto his property every two weeks.
“At least when I had guns in the house, I knew if they came into my house I had some protection,” Evan Wexler told reporters. “But now all I have is a dog.”
When asked about what they were doing to defend residents from car thieves, representatives from the Fort Lee Police Department explained that on top of increasing patrols in the “affected areas,” the department has also been expanding its social media presence, bringing attention to the car thieves and instructing residents to lock their vehicles.
“I sometimes forget to lock the car,” Wexler admitted to the New York Post. “But most times the car’s locked. The cops tell me to lock my doors and I show them videos of people coming into my property trying to open my locked cars.”
As the car thieves continue to infiltrate Evan Wexler’s property, the meat mogul has taken measures of his own to protect his luxury vehicles. He added retractable posts and a magnetized security gate to keep his vehicles from being driven away without his permission.
He also added motion-sensing hidden cameras, though he explained that they are “a blessing and a curse because now I see how often these guys are coming to my house, all nights of the week.”
“I keep calling the police and showing them videos to prove I’m not crying wolf,” Wexler explained. “I’m begging them to deter these guys, but they’re not doing s–t. The cops show up too late or go on high-speed chases but they never catch anyone.”
According to Wexler, one of his prized vehicles, a Lamborghini which was only one of 10 at the time, was stolen and later found in an abandoned house in Newark with $80,000 in damages. Wexler is still nervous about the ongoing problem and admitted that he checks his neighborhood every night before he feels comfortable enough to park his cars in his driveway.
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