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Bordon couple's warning after BMW stolen from driveway

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Bordon couple's warning after BMW stolen from driveway

Published at 6:02am 25th March 2019. (Updated at 7:05am 25th March 2019)

A couple from Bordon are warning private car sellers after their BMW X5 was stolen from their driveway.

Sarah Hodson said her heart sank when she opened the curtains last Thursday morning (March 21) to discover that the vehicle had gone.

Having put the car up for sale, they suspect it may have been taken by two men who came to view it the night before.

Sarah said after arriving nearly two hours late the pair took a brief look at the car, claiming that there was a problem with the head gasket.

While one of them called Sarah and her partner over to the bonnet, the other apparently sat in the driving seat and revved the engine.

They left that evening and have not been in contact since. Sarah thinks there is a chance they cloned the key and returned later that evening to steal the vehicle.

She told Eagle:

"Your heart sinks, you just panic. I ran downstairs, opened the curtains to double check it had actually gone. First of all I thought did I park it somewhere else? Did we sell it? Did I have an X5? You go through all the motions.

"The police took all my details and advised me not to contact the people that came to look at it. Without any actual evidence we can't say it was them for sure, but the police officer agreed with the coincidence of the viewing and then it disappearing you are inclined to link it."

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Sarah is now keen to warn others about this type of theft to try to prevent it happening again.

She added:

"Just don't be in a rush to sell your car. I don't recommend letting anyone come to look at it in the dark because that just adds to it.

"Take your time and almost try to vet the people that are coming before they arrive, just do everything you can and be vigilant."

Hampshire Constabulary is warning people about 'test drive thefts' too, which are apparently on the rise.

This is when a thief answers an advert for a vehicle sale pretending to be a genuine buyer. When they meet the vendor they ask for a test drive and never return with the vehicle.

The force's advice is:

  • Go with the prospective buyer on any test drive and don’t leave anyone alone with the vehicle and its keys.
  • Ask any potential buyer for contact details and to see their driving licence and insurance.
  • Never leave the vehicle keys in the ignition – keep hold of them.

There is further advice about keeping your vehicle safe from thieves on the Hampshire Constabulary website.

 

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