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By unknown | Feb 01, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sibongile Mashaba

Sibongile Mashaba

A car thief managed to speed off with a brand new BMW from a car dealership after the unsuspecting owner allowed him to test-drive it.

The 27-year-old man went to the dealership in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, on Tuesday and was allowed to test-drive a brand new BMW 320i worth R224000.

But as a salesman tried to board the car to accompany him on the test-drive, he pushed him out and sped off at about 3:20pm.

At about 6pm, the car was spotted parked near a block of flats in Eldorado Park, outside Soweto.

Residents in the area became suspicious and alerted the police's crime prevention unit, who responded swiftly and arrested the man.

The owner of the car dealership, Andrie Pienaar, said yesterday that this was the first time that such an incident had happened to him.

"The response by the police was very quick. It is very impressive to see that the police and the community are working together.

"Unity has and will continue to help fight against crime in this country," said Pienaar.

He said he received a call from the Eldorado Park police before he could report the case at Boksburg police station.

"I have learnt the hard way. I will never let any one test-drive my car before providing me with his identity document and driver's or learner's licence," Pienaar said.


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