A Florida millionaire, who hired a plane to help locate his stolen purple Rolls Royce, is reunited with his custom car thanks to a tip on Instagram

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The millionaire owner of a limited-edition Rolls-Royce had to use an aerial banner to offer a reward for information after the rare exotic car was stolen in North Miami, Florida. Bob Benyo, the president of Aerial Banners, was stuck in a desperate search for his purple Rolls-Royce Wraith, which he purchased as an anniversary gift for his wife. The limited-edition 2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith is one of six made by the British luxury automaker in that color and is believed to be worth $200,000. Talking about the burglary, Benyo said: “My wife deserved that car. It was an anniversary gift. I worked my a*s off my entire life to get the things that I have, just to have somebody come steal them? I wish I was home when they came.”

The heist was captured in surveillance footage, which shows two people wearing white T-shirts exiting a silver Mercedes-Benz sedan and running up to Benyo’s driveway. They entered the garage by breaking into the left door and stole the keys to the Rolls-Royce that were hanging up on the wall, according to the owner. The thugs then took off with the ultra-rare luxury automobile before anyone could notice what had happened. The Miami-based millionaire also believes the perpetrators likely followed his wife and their kids home on Thursday before robbing their car. “It’s a violation of privacy,” he said. “My kids and my wife were right inside that door. This is like a home invasion. Thank God nobody came inside.”

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In a desperate attempt to find his stolen Rolls-Royce, Benyo hired banner plane pilot Rob Maverick Ramirez to fly above South Florida with a sign that read: “Stolen purple Rolls-Royce-reward.” The sign also included his phone number along with stating that anyone with information will be rewarded with $5000. He also believes that the thieves were after his Aston Martin which was parked next to the Rolls-Royce. However, there were only two people who entered Benyo’s house, which meant one was stuck driving the getaway car. Crime scene investigators also collected the surveillance footage along with DNA samples.

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Bob Benyo. Image – Linkedin / Bob Benyo

Thankfully, there’s a happy ending to the story. Benyo has been reportedly reunited with his beloved Rolls-Royce after he received a tip on Instagram. “It was a hot tip amongst the other 140 tips that came through,” Benyo told WTVJ. “It was offered for rent in a chat group on Instagram.” There’s no information if the perpetrators of the car theft have been nabbed or not, and neither do we know if the person who provided the Miami millionaire with the crucial tip has been rewarded.

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