Andreas “Zulu” Kettner may have to retire his custom made classic Mini Cooper vehicle with the large can of Red Bull on the back, after thieves broke into it last weekend and ripped out the dashboard.
About eight cases of the Red Bull product that Mr. Kettner delivers around Grand Cayman were stolen as well. The theft occurred sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning outside his George Town address.
The car is not operable and Mr. Kettner doubts whether anyone will be able to fix it.
“The mini is an old model and they don’t make it anymore,” Mr. Kettner said. “That’s going to affect my Red Bull sales, sponsorships … it’s going to affect the Red Bull girls because we don’t have the Mini Cooper.”
The economy-sized mini does not haul a large amount of Red Bull product to local stores; for that Mr. Kettner uses a box truck. Rather, the mini is used as a marketing vehicle. Mr. Kettner said the three Red Bull girls drive the vehicle to various events, sporting matches and construction sites to hand out the product and do public relations work.
“It’s a part-time job, but it’s still extra money they make and they really love the job,” he said.
Why someone would take the dashboard out of the old mini has baffled Mr. Kettner. He speculates the thieves were looking for a part to replace the dash of one of the other Mini Cooper vehicles on the island.
It’s not the first time Mr. Kettner’s Red Bull stocks have taken a hit from thieves. In 2010, about 40 cases were taken from his box truck – worth about $1,500. There were other items in the back of the box truck, including refrigerators, but nothing else was taken.
Nothing other than the dash and the eight cases of Red Bull were taken in the Mini Cooper break in, Mr. Kettner said. He called police to investigate the matter and said they responded Saturday to take prints and obtain other information.
“I just had all the body work done on it and the roll top replaced, now there’s fingerprint dust all over it,” he said. “The people who did this are just [expletives].”