Vehicle racket exposed

A Dolphin van which was taken on lease from a rent a car service in Mount Lavinia a month ago was recovered by the Organised Crime and Corruption Division of the Mount Lavinia police on Christmas Eve after it was abandoned on the road.

The police said that those involved in an organised vehicle racket are now in police custody and they were responsible for the theft of this van as well. The gang members after stealing the vehicle, had prepared false documents and sold it to an unsuspecting buyer in Hambantota and after the buyer heard about their arrest, the vehicle had been abandoned by him.

Those responsible for the racket were residents of Hambantota, Dehiwala and Kandy and its mastermind who was a resident of Kandy had fled the area.

He was wanted in connection with the preparation of false documents such as revenue licences, insurance papers etc for stolen vehicles and had been evading arrest after having being served with warrants by different courts.

This organised group is responsible for as many as 17 vehicle thefts in this manner. The vehicle abandoned in Mount Lavinia is worth around Rs 3.5 million, the police said.

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