Man wanted in robbery of rare $10 million French car arrested by FBI


A man wanted for the theft of a $10 million French sports car from a Milwaukee garage has been arrested. The FBI said Christopher Gardner was arrested in December in Switzerland, where he lives. Gardner is accused of stealing a rare 1938 Talbot Lago “Teardrop” coupe from a Milwaukee business in 2001. FBI agents say he then shipped the car to Switzerland in 2006 and had it restored in France. In 2015, Gardner reportedly sold the car to a buyer in Illinois for $7.6 million. The 1938 Talbot Lago “Teardrop” coupe was one of only 16 such cars ever made. It is estimated at $10 million today. The FBI said Gardner was arrested in Italy last summer but then fled after being placed under house arrest. In a statement to WISN 12 news, the FBI said it was waiting to determine details of his arrest and detention. Until then, Gardner will remain listed as wanted, officers said. He was charged in 2019 with four counts of wire fraud and one count of transporting a stolen foreign trade vehicle. Gardner will be extradited to Milwaukee where he will face federal charges. There was a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. in 2005. There was a legal battle between her estate and the man who bought her from Gardner. No further details were released.

A man wanted for the theft of a $10 million French sports car from a Milwaukee garage has been arrested.

The FBI said Christopher Gardner was arrested in December in Switzerland, where he lives.

Gardner is accused of stealing a rare 1938 Talbot Lago “Teardrop” coupe from a Milwaukee business in 2001.

FBI agents said he then shipped the car to Switzerland in 2006 and had it restored in France.

In 2015, Gardner reportedly sold the car to an Illinois buyer for $7.6 million.

The 1938 Talbot Lago “Teardrop” coupe was one of only 16 such cars ever made.

It is estimated at $10 million today.

The FBI said Gardner was arrested in Italy last summer but then fled after being placed under house arrest.

In a statement to WISN 12 news, the FBI said it was waiting to determine details of his arrest and detention.

Until then, Gardner will remain listed as wanted, officers said.

He was charged in 2019 with four counts of wire fraud and one count of transporting a stolen vehicle in foreign trade.

Gardner will be extradited to Milwaukee where he will face federal charges.

There was a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

It is unclear who could claim this.

The car’s first owner died in 2005.

There was a legal battle between her estate and the man who bought her from Gardner.

No further details were released.


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