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For the van itself, see Bugstars Van.

Bugstars Equipment is a heist setup in Grand Theft Auto V given by Lester Crest to protagonist Michael De Santa. It is triggered after a phone message from Lester if the player chooses the Smart Approach for The Jewel Store Job heist.


Michael goes to the Bugstars warehouse in the Port of Los Santos. The van can be taken in two ways. The player can have Michael enter through the front of the warehouse, but doing so causes the Bugstars employees to become aggressive. If Michael has a weapon drawn, the employees will instead run away in fear, which instantly gives the player a two-star wanted level. The player can also kill one or up to all four employees by simply running over them with the Bugstars van upon getting away (Also possible to kill them with vehicle of choice upon arrival to warehouse before stealing a van).

Alternatively, the player can sneak through the rear of the warehouse, disable one employee with a stealth attack, then drive the van away without detection. A headshot with a suppressed pistol will work just as well. This approach is needed in order to get the gold medal.

The mission ends once Michael leaves the van at the drop-off point assigned by Lester. Michael will call Lester to advise that the van has been delivered, and then Lester informs Michael about the gas grenades and their location, automatically triggering the next heist setup.

Mission Objectives

Gold Medal Objectives

  • Sneaky Pest - Steal the Bugstars van without being detected.
    • Sneak in the back, knock out the driver of the central located van, and quickly drive out the back.
    • Don't drive too close to the back; the employee will hear the vehicle.


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(Text only):
Bugstars Pest Control have some vans at their warehouse in the Port of Los Santos. There's security in the port, so go in quiet around the back, or hit em hard and fast.
Michael drives to the Bugstars Warehouse in the Port of Los Santos. He steals the company's van and drives out.
NOTE: The following dialogue will only play if Michael alerts the Bugstars employees while stealing the van.
LSPD Dispatch: We have a 503 at Bugstars Pest Control on Elysium Island. White male adult seen fleeing the area. ATL, a light blue Declasse van.
Michael drives the van to the Darnell Bros. garment factory. After delivering the van, Michael calls Lester.
Michael: Alright, Lester, we got a pest control van.
(Voice only):
(If the player hasn't completed BZ Gas Grenades yet) Good. I've got a line on the knockout gas. It's made in some lab on the coast, but two shipments a day come through the city from the north east, taking it to the airport.
Michael: Alright, I'll see if I can jump one.



Video Walkthroughs

GTA Series Videos - GTA 5 PS5 - Bugstars Equipment
[Gold Medal Guide - 4K 60fps]



  • If the player steals the Bugstars van as Franklin, switches to Michael before Lester texts him about getting the van, it doesn't count, as the player will have to drive back to the Bugstars warehouse as Michael to steal another van.
    • If the player drives a Bugstars van that was stolen before the start of the mission to the Bugstars warehouse, the Bugstars employees will not recognize the van as their own.