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Stolen cars found: Driver claimed he didn't know it had been nicked despite using screwdriver to start it

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NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Mon, 15 Apr 2024, 2:54pm

Stolen cars found: Driver claimed he didn't know it had been nicked despite using screwdriver to start it

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Mon, 15 Apr 2024, 2:54pm

South Auckland police are investigating a man they found driving a stolen courtesy car who told officers he didn’t know it had been nicked despite having to start it with a screwdriver.

It was one of two stolen cars police found within half an hour in Manurewa on Sunday, with another man arrested and put before court.

Officers spotted the first on Porchester Rd at about 9am and pulled the driver over.

The car was a loan car from a mechanic. It allegedly had not been returned, instead being re-registered to the thief.

Inspector Adam Pyne said the man tried to excuse himself.

“The driver . . . claimed he was unaware the vehicle had been stolen - despite having to start the car with a screwdriver,” Pyne said.

Police inquiries were continuing.

The second stolen car was spotted 20 minutes later on Mcannalley St.

Police arrested a 32-year-old man and charged him with unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle. He was due to appear in the Manukau District Court tomorrow.

“These two incidents are yet another example of some great police work in holding offenders to account,” Pyne said.

This article was originally published on the NZ Herald here. 

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