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Man wanted for car thefts in Kent

By SamPayne  |  Posted: March 01, 2013

  • Man wanted over car thefts in Gillingham and Northfleet


KENT Police would like to to speak this man in connection with car thefts in Gillingham and Northfleet.

The offender, who goes by the name 'Ian', took a car from a garage on King Street for a test drive and never returned.

He made his first visit to the garage in Gillingham on February 19 when he enquired about a Ford KA for his 23-year-old son. He agreed in principle to buy the car, but did not leave a deposit or sign any agreement.

He returned the following day asked to take the car for a test drive and was allowed to go out alone. After an hour or so the garage owner realised the vehicle had not been returned and called police.

Police believe he could be responsible for a similar incident in Northfleet on February 23 when a green BMW was stolen. The car triggered Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras in Medway on Tuesday and later discovered to be sold.

Detective constable Lorraine Morgan, said: "We would urge car salesmen to be extra vigilant when allowing prospective buyers to test drive cars. Ensure that they do not go out alone and, if possible, take a form of identification from them. This man appears to have committed other similar offences and is good at putting people at ease and seemingly trustworthy.

"If you recognise this man, or have any information that could help, please get in touch."

The offender has been described as a white man, aged between 55 and 65, about 6ft 1ins tall, slim build, with short grey hair and a Scottish accent.

If anyone has any information, or you recognise this man, call DC Lorraine Morgan on 101, quoting reference XY/5803/13.

Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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