Many drivers prefer deals with car thieves over police

  • 2003-05-15
RIGAAbout 40 percent of all cars stolen in the Latvian capital Riga are recovered by arrangement between the car owner and thieves, who demand money to return the vehicle. Andris Sturainis, deputy chief of the Riga police's car theft unit, told BNS that the vehicle owners were contributing to the scam's growth by not going to the police first. Sturainis said that most car theft victims found an intermediary to negotiate the buying back of their car.Car owners turn to the police only if the deal goes sour and the thieves take the money but fail to return the vehicle. Sturainis said that in s...
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