Vandals burn $850,000 worth of sports cars after rich teen brags about high life on InstagramBy Mason White 1:37 PM June 18, 2014
By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) Some people apparently became jealous when a rich teenager showed off his expensive cars.
The self claimed “rich kid on Instagram,” boasted on social media that he drives expensive cars.
Shortly thereafter, vandals burned four of his cars. He suffered about $850,000 in damages in the arson attacks, which occurred in a span of one week.
19-year-old Aleem Iqbal of England, who calls himself “Lord Aleem,” works for his father’s luxury car rental company and boasted about his access to luxury cars on Instagram, the photo sharing site.
The teen leased a new $576,000 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster for a wedding, but it was burned a few hours after showing it off outside his house in Luton.
Surveillance video showed three masked men in a Mercedes 4×4 stopping at the home around 12:40 a.m., and pouring gasoline on the Lamborghini before setting it on fire.
A few days later, three of his luxury cars – worth about $339,000 – were destroyed in a second attack near his father’s business.
The teen’s father, 43-year-old Saleem Iqbal, is the owner of the Platinum Executive Travel company in Yardley, Birmingham.
A surveillance camera at that location captured the vandals burning two Audi R8 Spyder supercars and a Bentley Flying Spur.
The video showed two people walking up the three cars and setting them on fire.
Iqbal, who regularly posts updates about his life on Twitter and Facebook, said: “I’m not really in a great state of mind at the moment, I had more than half a million dollars worth of cars destroyed in the last few days.”
However, he is not sure if it was a vile act of jealousy towards his rich lifestyle or just mindless vandals in a spree of arson.
Either way, he hopes that the people responsible are caught and brought to justice very soon.
A Platinum Executive Travel spokesperson said: “We are the market leaders in the car rental industry and this is bad for us.”
Below is the video of the $576,000 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster being set on fire by vandals before they escaped.