World-class car thief busted

  • 2008-12-18
  • TBT Staff in cooperation with BNS
RIGA - A world class car thief has been arrested in Riga while trying to steal a 2007 Porsche Cayenne, Riga Criminal Police Chief Ints Kuzis told the press.

The 27-year-old man is a Latvian citizen that has primarily been operating in Scandinavia and elsewhere in Europe.

The search of the suspect's car turned up a number of devices he used in his trade, such as a GPS signal jammer, a mobile phone jammer with a 50-meter range to prevent any accidental witnesses from reporting the theft to the police, a device for removing locks from car doors and several jars with metal spikes for blowing the tires of the police vehicle in case of a chase.

The man specialized in stealing expensive luxury cars from guarded parking lots or garages of private houses. Because of his skills, he was much in demand among various gangs of car thieves.