'Customers' drive off in sports cars at Blackburn garages

Sales assistant Mohammad Malik and manager Javed Imran at Daisyfield Garage, in Fort Street, Blackburn, where an Audi A3 was stolen

Sales assistant Mohammad Malik and manager Javed Imran at Daisyfield Garage, in Fort Street, Blackburn, where an Audi A3 was stolen

First published in Blackburn Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Assistant picture editor

HIGH-performance cars were stolen from two Blackburn car dealerships by thieves posing as customers.

Sales assistant Mohammad Malik had to jump out of the way as the thief sped off in an Audi A3 from the forecourt at Daisyfield Garage in Fort Street.

He said the man, who was around 5ft 3ins tall with ginger hair, went into the garage at around 4.15pm last Friday.

Mohammad, 30, said: “The man was asking all the questions a normal customer would about the mileage, the condition and tax.

“He sat in the drivers seat and turned on the engine while I was stood at his side and he asked if he could take it for a test drive.

“In a split second he had slammed the door and drove off, with the wheels screeching.

“The way he drove off I knew he wasn’t coming back.

“I had to jump back to avoid the door and being run over. If I hadn’t moved he would have hit me.”

The grey Audi A3 1.9 TDi, registration SH55 WJX, is worth around £5,500.

In another incident a man drove off in a silver Volkswagen Golf 1.9 TDi, registration SV06 GRX, from Wensley Motors, in Wensley Road.

He was white, aged 28 to 30, 5ft 6ins tall with brown hair.

Garage boss Aman Qamar, 30, said: “The man said he wanted to test drive the car. The sales assistant went inside to get the trade plates, leaving the customer with the keys, which was a mistake. By the time the assistant came back out the man and the car had gone.

”It seems like they are targeting high performance cars. I don't know whether they’re selling them on or stripping them down for parts.”

The incident happened last Wednesday at around 4.30pm.

Police are investigating the two incidents which they believe could be part of an organised gang. Insp Graham Ashcroft, of Blackburn police, said: “Both cars are still outstanding and we warn garages not to let people drive away without a member of staff being with them.

“There may be somebody or a gang of people using this method to steal vehicles.”

“We ask everybody involved in selling vehicles to be careful.”

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3:09pm Mon 12 Nov 12

bburnrover says...

These arent high performance cars they both have a diesel engine made by VW the same engine in both cars they are being dismantled in a barn somewhere and the parts sold on the police should be checking ebay and other areas these items get advertised..
These arent high performance cars they both have a diesel engine made by VW the same engine in both cars they are being dismantled in a barn somewhere and the parts sold on the police should be checking ebay and other areas these items get advertised.. bburnrover
  • Score: 8

3:13pm Mon 12 Nov 12

MJA says...

1.9 Tdi cars are not high performance sports cars.
1.9 Tdi cars are not high performance sports cars. MJA
  • Score: 2

5:46pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Sajdin says...

Clearly Lisa doesn't know her cars, well she is female ! Can't expect much !
Clearly Lisa doesn't know her cars, well she is female ! Can't expect much ! Sajdin
  • Score: -1

6:13pm Mon 12 Nov 12

powerpop says...

Usually its the other way, robbers posing as car salesmen.
Usually its the other way, robbers posing as car salesmen. powerpop
  • Score: 10

6:38pm Mon 12 Nov 12

juanbbien says...

Yes sir it's only had one owner,Ben Hur.
Yes sir it's only had one owner,Ben Hur. juanbbien
  • Score: -6

7:48pm Mon 12 Nov 12

DEO VOLENTE says...

Mmmm

Deus Vobiscum
Mmmm Deus Vobiscum DEO VOLENTE
  • Score: -6

8:44pm Mon 12 Nov 12

BurnleyBorn&Bred says...

'DEALERSHIP' looks more like a back street garage to me ........
'DEALERSHIP' looks more like a back street garage to me ........ BurnleyBorn&Bred
  • Score: -3

8:53pm Mon 12 Nov 12

buzzinfly says...

The description of the first robber, would suggest he might be a gnome. Have they checked nearby gardens?
The description of the first robber, would suggest he might be a gnome. Have they checked nearby gardens? buzzinfly
  • Score: 6

8:56pm Mon 12 Nov 12

buzzinfly says...

May need to check the website: werobanycar.com?
May need to check the website: werobanycar.com? buzzinfly
  • Score: 3

9:08pm Mon 12 Nov 12

sen c ble says...

BurnleyBorn&Bred wrote:
'DEALERSHIP' looks more like a back street garage to me ........
You seriously need to book an appointment with specsavers!
[quote][p][bold]BurnleyBorn&Bred[/bold] wrote: 'DEALERSHIP' looks more like a back street garage to me ........[/p][/quote]You seriously need to book an appointment with specsavers! sen c ble
  • Score: -1

9:22pm Mon 12 Nov 12

bikerjohn_uk says...

What sort of a numpty hands the keys of a car over to a total stranger? No reputable dealer I've ever been to will let you near their stock unless they have the keys - they'll show you the car and demonstrate its features to you. Only when you're both in the car will they usually hand the keys over. Got everything they asked for.
What sort of a numpty hands the keys of a car over to a total stranger? No reputable dealer I've ever been to will let you near their stock unless they have the keys - they'll show you the car and demonstrate its features to you. Only when you're both in the car will they usually hand the keys over. Got everything they asked for. bikerjohn_uk
  • Score: 0

11:23pm Mon 12 Nov 12

DGower says...

"Got everything they asked for"

Do you honestly think they asked for their cars to be stolen you numpty?!

Yes they made a mistake and yes they should have treated the "customer" with a sense of caution but in these hard times maybe you try to be more accommodating in order to secure a sale.
"Got everything they asked for" Do you honestly think they asked for their cars to be stolen you numpty?! Yes they made a mistake and yes they should have treated the "customer" with a sense of caution but in these hard times maybe you try to be more accommodating in order to secure a sale. DGower
  • Score: 4

11:23pm Mon 12 Nov 12

DGower says...

"Got everything they asked for"

Do you honestly think they asked for their cars to be stolen you numpty?!

Yes they made a mistake and yes they should have treated the "customer" with a sense of caution but in these hard times maybe you try to be more accommodating in order to secure a sale.
"Got everything they asked for" Do you honestly think they asked for their cars to be stolen you numpty?! Yes they made a mistake and yes they should have treated the "customer" with a sense of caution but in these hard times maybe you try to be more accommodating in order to secure a sale. DGower
  • Score: 3

11:23pm Mon 12 Nov 12

DGower says...

"Got everything they asked for"

Do you honestly think they asked for their cars to be stolen you numpty?!

Yes they made a mistake and yes they should have treated the "customer" with a sense of caution but in these hard times maybe you try to be more accommodating in order to secure a sale.
"Got everything they asked for" Do you honestly think they asked for their cars to be stolen you numpty?! Yes they made a mistake and yes they should have treated the "customer" with a sense of caution but in these hard times maybe you try to be more accommodating in order to secure a sale. DGower
  • Score: 3

12:35pm Tue 13 Nov 12

buckoff says...

is this the new insurance scam replacing the crash for cash scam ?
is this the new insurance scam replacing the crash for cash scam ? buckoff
  • Score: 0

1:33pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Davelyn says...

By the look of the condition and age of the cars showing in the photo behind Mr. Malik he should be over the moon that someone has stolen one, he certainly couldn't sell one. I also thought that a dealership was a garage that sold in the main a particular make of car I don't think there are two of the same make in this photo and If I was anything to do with AUDI at all I would be suing this clown for deformation of character. Maybe it's an insurance fraud.
By the look of the condition and age of the cars showing in the photo behind Mr. Malik he should be over the moon that someone has stolen one, he certainly couldn't sell one. I also thought that a dealership was a garage that sold in the main a particular make of car I don't think there are two of the same make in this photo and If I was anything to do with AUDI at all I would be suing this clown for deformation of character. Maybe it's an insurance fraud. Davelyn
  • Score: -1

8:00pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Davelyn says...

I don't condone anyone steeling anything but really would you buy a car off these two ???
I don't condone anyone steeling anything but really would you buy a car off these two ??? Davelyn
  • Score: -2

8:30pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Mister Red says...

The guy at the front looks about 9 feet tall.Surely,he could have stopped the car with his giant hands?
The guy at the front looks about 9 feet tall.Surely,he could have stopped the car with his giant hands? Mister Red
  • Score: 1

9:01pm Tue 13 Nov 12

bigdee123 says...

buckoff wrote:
is this the new insurance scam replacing the crash for cash scam ?
agree 100% the 2 back street garages will be owned by the same family.
both cars will be "lemons" that theyve bought wrong.
easy way out.
[quote][p][bold]buckoff[/bold] wrote: is this the new insurance scam replacing the crash for cash scam ?[/p][/quote]agree 100% the 2 back street garages will be owned by the same family. both cars will be "lemons" that theyve bought wrong. easy way out. bigdee123
  • Score: 1

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