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Private car sellers warned about test drive thefts

Staffordshire PoliceStaffordshire Police have today issued a warning to private car sellers following a number of car thefts during test drives

In each incident a man has posed as an interested car buyer, arranging to meet sellers for a test drive.  Unfortunately the individual has no real interest in buying the car and has instead driven off in the vehicles.
Seven offences have taken place since the 18th April in Lichfield, South Staffordshire and Cannock. There’s a possiblity that the thief may widden his net so we’re warning Stone car sellers to be extra vigilant.
All of the cars stolen have been advertised for sale on vehicle selling website AutoTrader.
A Staffordshire Police spokeperson provided the following description:
“The offender is described as a white man, approximately 6ft tall, of stocky build with stubble.
“He arrives at the location on foot, and often wears dark clothing with a cap or hat.”
Detective Inspector John Quilty, Staffordshire Police CID, added:
“We are reminding the public to be alert when selling their cars. Do not hand your keys over to a potential buyer, and be sure to ask for ID or confirmation of insurance before allowing a test drive to take place.
“If you do have an unusual meeting with a prospective buyer, or have any information in relation to these thefts, please report it to us on 101 quoting incident number 719 of 4 June.”
Alternatively, to remain anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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