Car cloning on the rise

News post January 11, 2016

Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi most commonly targeted, say cops

CAR stealing in Jamaica has expanded beyond scrapping for parts to a multimillion-dollar car-cloning operation that involves government workers and auto parts dealers, the Jamaica Observer has been informed.  And, according to a well-placed police source, there has been a surge in the racket over the past year, with an increasing number of cars being found to share the same chassis number, licence plate, title, registration number, fitness and licence disc numbers.

“People who have an old vehicle, or an old vehicle giving problem, steal a new vehicle and convert it to their old vehicle via the chassis number and engine number,” the source told the Observer.

“At times they purchase a crashed vehicle that has been written off by an insurance company, then steal a new vehicle and convert it to the vehicle that is crashed to legitimise the vehicle.”

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