Gardaí at the Stolen Cars Unit, National Bureau of Criminal Investigations are investigating a car scam that left the victim several thousand Euros out of pocket. In the early hours of Saturday 25th March 2017 a silver Nissan Qashqai was stolen from the driveway of a house in Bray, Co. Wicklow.
A few days later on the 29th March the vehicle appeared on a car buyer’s website. The registration of the car was cloned from another Nissan Qashqai legitimately for sale.
On 31st March a buyer met the unidentified man, who claimed his name was ‘Alex’, to view the car and they briefly conversed in Polish. Alex stated that he had to get the bus home. The buyer filled out his details in the log book and posted it that day. An airbag light came on the car that day but when the buyer attempted to contact the seller, the number was disconnected. When he didn’t receive the new log book he contacted the department of transport office in Shannon who informed him there was a discrepancy with the details. The victim contacted Gardaí who then confirmed the car was stolen.
During the sale of the vehicle, the buyer took a photograph on his phone of the seller, Alex. Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to the identity of this man to come forward and please contact Gardaí at the National Bureau of Criminal Investigations on (01) 666-6666.