Car Thief Trades Up

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  1. Nathan

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    A Thief ditched one stolen car – only to take a Vimto-branded Mini Cooper instead.

    The driver of the Mini Cooper Clubman had left the engine running while she chased after her dog that had just run off on Moss Lane, Bickerstaffe, at around 10am on Saturday.

    The opportunistic thief pulled up alongside the cream-coloured car, branded with the soft drinks firm’s purple Vimto signs, got in and sped off.

    He left a black Suzuki Swift at the scene – a car that had been reported stolen in similar circumstances two days earlier.

    The Suzuki’s engine had been left running outside an address on Mellor Close in Prescot, Merseyside, at around 8.20am on Thursday when the thief struck.

    The Vimto Mini – registration number PJ10 SZU – was spotted by police cameras heading in the direction of the M58 later on Saturday.

    And there has since been reports of a vehicle matching that description driving erratically in the Widnes area of Cheshire on Monday.

    Police are now appealing for anyone who sees the “distinctive†Mini to come forward – and is also warning drivers to always try and lock cars to deter this kind of crime.

    Sergeant Steve Monk, of West Lancs CID, said: “This is an unusual set of circumstances, where one stolen car has been abandoned for another one.

    Source - Ormskirk & Skelmersdale Advertiser
     
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    Well at least he traded up.......
     
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    I have a hard time getting out of my car without turning it off. The other day I meant to check out a noise under the hood of my pick up truck. I got in, started it, then I automatically shut it off before I opened the door!

    I opened the hood, then remembered that I'd shut it off. Got back in, started it again, and had to make a conscious effort to not turn it off again before I got out! :eek:ut:

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    when I was stationed in Seoul, S Korea people would leave their cars running on Sat or Sun mornings outside the eatery while they went to get coffee and donuts and soldiers would take the cars to their barracks, cause they were to lazy to walk. No damage, nothing missing and never knew who took them!!! We always recovered the vehicles
     
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    #5 Jason Montague, Feb 16, 2012
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    :cornut: In SF we did that with jeeps(jeeps boy that dates me doesn't). MPs were always very annoyed with us.:Thumbsup:

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