The owner of a Range Rover Sport warned others after his was stolen and found 1,000 miles away.
The Solihull man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said his £ 80,000 white range was slashed from his drive before being discovered by police in Poland.
The 60-year-old said he was torn off after a shopping trip and then taken abroad by “organized criminals”, Birmingham Live Reports.
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The man has since blasted West Midlands Police over their handling of the case after reporting the theft of his precious possession, saying contact with them was “non-existent”. Officers said no CCTV or witnesses had been identified.
He had taken his wife shopping at Shirley before returning home on September 29 and around 9:15 p.m. he received a security alert on his phone telling him to check the car
“I looked out the front window and the car was gone,” he told BirminghamLive.
The car was only a year old and the thieves had managed to open the Range Rover before leaving quietly.
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A day or two later, a co-worker called the construction industry worker to tell him that the contents of his boots had been found in a nearby area. Articles bearing the company mark had been thrown by the side of the road.
For days, he continued to receive notifications from his Range Rover tracking system.
“It was all reported to the police,” the 60-year-old continued. “I kept getting beeps on my phone to say it was sending a signal.”
He was then informed that the Range Rover was emitting a signal from Poland, leaving it to deal with two separate police forces.
“I was told it was picked up by the Polish police,” said the owner, who eventually cut his losses and accepted an insurance payment after being contacted by others with similar experiences .
“It was all one way,” he said. “I gave information to the police but they never came back to me to tell me what was going on.
“It’s almost like it’s a personal, insured item, so they don’t care.
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“It’s an 80,000 car, if I were to walk into the post office and take 80,000 they would be looking for it soon.”
The victim said criminals were “waiting” and urged anyone to invest in an old-fashioned aftermarket steering wheel lock or tracker.
“I say all this because a number of people are now telling me that they have had similar incidents, particularly involving Range Rovers,” he explained.
“They’re waiting for you to activate your lock, grab your key signal, and steal your car.
“I have an old-fashioned lock on the steering wheel of my new car and have cameras installed at home.
“I wish someone had shared this knowledge with me before. It’s not necessarily the loss, it’s all the mess you have to make afterwards.”
A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “We were reported to have had a Range Rover Sport theft from an alley in Solihull at 9.45pm on September 29th.
“The car has since been located in Poland.
“No CCTV or witnesses have been identified, but if new evidence comes to light, we will assess it.
“Anyone with any information can contact us through the live chat on our website or by calling 101. Please quote the crime reference number 20/1228185/21.”
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