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Karma Bites ‘Vehicle Parts Thief’ Suspect

Ms Gohil said they discovered that a man was hiding behind a parked Toyota Corolla sedan not far from where their car was parked. The Gohil family gave chase, but the man fled and soon disappeared.
26 Jun 2019 11:42
Karma Bites ‘Vehicle Parts Thief’ Suspect
The vehicle claimed to be owned by suspect, abandoned at Pender Street in Suva on June 25, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

A man who attempted to steal vehicle parts from a vehicle parked along Pender Street in Suva got a taste of his own medicine after his own vehicle was stripped of parts by someone else.

Christina Gohil’s vehicle, a Toyota Fielder, was parked opposite her residence for most of last Sunday.

“It was around 2pm when my brother borrowed the keys to take my son to town. When he started the car, it was dead,” Ms Gohil said.

“When my brother popped the hood, he discovered the airflow filter had been removed. Someone managed to open the hood from the bottom.”

Ms Gohil said they discovered that a man was hiding behind a parked Toyota Corolla sedan not far from where their car was parked. The Gohil family gave chase, but the man fled and soon disappeared.

“There was a Police vehicle passing by. We flagged it down and even they could not find the man. We lodged a complaint with the Totogo Police Station,” she said.

“We also realised that the man who was attempting to steal car parts from our vehicle had come in the same car he was hiding behind. We took the liberty of finding out who the car belonged to.

“It belonged to a young man who lived at Caubati, Nasinu. We went to his place with Police officers and were informed by his father that they too were looking for him and he had not returned since Friday.

The vehicle that was left abandoned along Pender Street in Suva on June 25, 2019, by a suspect who is alleged to have removed parts from another vehicle parked a few metres behind. TOP LEFT INSET: It is alleged that the suspect was attempting to steal parts from the black Fielder (HS 008) parked along Pender St when he was spotted by the owner. The suspect, knowing that he was spotted, walked away leaving behind his car, witnesses said. That car has lost some parts as well since being abandoned

The vehicle that was left abandoned along Pender Street in Suva on June 25, 2019, by a suspect who is alleged to have removed parts from another vehicle parked a few metres behind.
TOP LEFT INSET: It is alleged that the suspect was attempting to steal parts from the black Fielder (HS 008) parked along Pender St when he was spotted by the owner. The suspect, knowing that he was spotted, walked away leaving behind his car, witnesses said. That car has lost some parts as well since being abandoned

“We gathered from Police officers that he had been charged with a similar offence and was known for this type of activity.”

Police officers at Totogo Police Station have confirmed that a report was lodged by Ms Gohil regarding the issue.

On Monday, the Gohil family discovered some men taking tyres and the bull bar from the car belonging to the man.

Ms Gohil said when her family approached the men, they were told that the man who the car belonged to had taken money from them after promising to deliver some parts.

Ms Gohil said it was perhaps karma.

She has appealed to the public to help Police apprehend the suspect.

“It seems that this fellow has been doing this. I would also like to ask car owners to be careful as this appears to be a trend where parts are stolen from one vehicle and sold,” she said.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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