A KLIPRIVIER man is behind bars after police say he lied to them about being hijacked by criminals.
Kliprivier police officers arrested the man yesterday after they found the dismantled vehicle - stripped of its engine and wheels - in a nearby settlement.
"Investigators following up on the reported hijacking discovered that the man had also been present when they car was dismantled," spokesperson Inspector Happy Nape said.
Nape said the 50-year-old man would be charged with perjury and fraud.
"He supervised the chopping of the vehicle and came to us to lie.
"Hijacking is a serious offence and reported cases are treated with urgency.
"That is why this case was given priority over other serious cases reported to us."
The man also had an outstanding case of car theft opened against him at the same police station months earlier.
Nape said the man had planned to defraud his insurance firm after his "hijacking".
He had reported his car missing in November last year.
Police discovered the dismantled bakkie at a plot in Kliprivier three days ago.
Nape said the alleged fraudster was charged with giving a false statement before a commissioner of oaths.
Investigating officer Inspector Rassie Erasmus said what was left of the vehicle was without any value.
"The bakkie has been dismantled and has no engine. It is gone and finished," he said.
Nape said the insurance firm was contacted about the case and was conducting its own investigation.