Luxury vehicles have been stolen from Victoria car lots and shipped to Africa using false identities. (Pixnio)

False identities used to buy luxury cars in Victoria and ship them to Africa

VicPD says an international investigation is currently tracking down the stolen cars

Victoria’s luxury vehicle realm has been a target of international fraud and theft in the last year, according to Victoria Police.

In a presentation to Victoria city council, Chief Const. Del Manak spoke on recent international efforts to track vehicles stolen by an organized crime ring.

“This is a fraud involving an organized crime group. They’re fraudulently purchasing high-end luxury vehicles and they’re doing that using false identities and false credit cards,” Manak said. “These vehicles are being shipped worldwide using a worldwide shipping company, and they’re being shipped to Africa, to the Republic of Congo and also to Senegal.”

ALSO READ: Victoria Police warn thefts from vehicles on the rise

VicPD worked with the RCMP, Interpol and other police forces to track down one of the vehicles in Senegal, and continues to work on the investigation.

The fraud is happening in Victoria as well as other major cities in Canada.

ALSO READ: Anti-theft stickers distributed in Sidney and North Saanich

“Investigations into similar frauds, more than $60,000 each, continue,” said VicPD spokesperson Const. Matt Rutherford in a statement. “VicPD patrol officers continue to work with provincial and federal agencies in order to determine who is responsible and recover the cars for the victims.”

The number of cars stolen has not been confirmed, nor specific brands.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


Send a Tweet: @NicoleCrescenzi

Like us on Facebook  

Just Posted

Young cyclist struck near Galloping Goose Trail

Minor injuries reported by police

New Coast Guard ship crashes into Ogden Point breakwater

‘It is fairly unprecedented that it would happen’

The shores will not rock in 2019

Atomique Productions announce Rock the Shores festival will not return in 2019, future is uncertain

Video shows logging operation on disputed Saturna Island land

Tsawout First Nation members opposed to logging on reserve land

Family still searching for missing Langford man two weeks after disappearance

Family hopeful he is alive, offering $10,000 reward

VIDEO: Keeping the hope alive, 28 years later

Annual Michael Dunahee Keep the Hope Alive run raised money for Child Find B.C.

Bobrovsky perfect as Blue Jackets blank Canucks 5-0

Vancouver shut out for 10th time this season

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps says future assembly deliberations won’t be closed to public

Reversal comes after Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff raised concerns

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

Search and rescue team helicopters injured climber from B.C. provincial park

A 30-year-old woman suffered a suspected lower-limb fracture in Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Most Read