41 stolen vehicles netted in syndicate investigation

Gareth Wilson

MORE stolen vehicles are being recovered as police continue their investigation into a car-smuggling syndicate, believed to be the biggest of its kind in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape, where it operates.

Dozens of Nelson Mandela Bay residents have fallen victim to the syndicate in a scam in which a secondhand car dealer in Uitenhage has allegedly been selling stolen vehicles in sales which appear to be legitimate.

Police first swooped on the dealership – Monte Carlo Motors, owned by alleged kingpin Simon van Vuuren – in December and since then they have recovered 41 cars worth more than R2-million. Most of the cars were stolen in Cape Town.

Van Vuuren, 65, was arrested and is out on R20000 bail. He is facing 41 charges of motor vehicle theft, and is due back in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court on March 20.

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