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High-tech car thieves have stolen David Beckham's BMW, even though his armour-plated 4x4 was equipped with the latest hi-tech security devices.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2006 17:43 IST

High-tech car thieves have stolen David Beckham's BMW, even though his armour-plated 4x4 was equipped with the latest hi-tech security devices.

The 70,000 pound, BMW X-5 was fitted with the latest anti-theft devices for which Beckham had to use an individual ignition code, but the thieves used software to start the engine electronically.

The Real Madrid striker had parked his car in a shopping centre carpark in the Madrid suburb of Alcobendas while he took his two sons out for lunch.

The footballer told police that apart from documents and a sports bag, there had been nothing of value inside the car.

Beckham is the fourth Real star to fall victim of specialised car theft gangs in Madrid. Luis Figo and Roberto Carlos have lost luxury vehicles, while Zinedine Zidane's car was stolen from the club's training ground, but was later recovered.

Police report that an average of 50 luxury cars a day are stolen in and around Madrid, reports the Sun.