The owner of a stolen black Honda Accord used an ingenious scheme to recover his car from a Tsim Sha Tsui carpark on Tuesday.
The owner, a 49-year-old South Asian male who also runs a transport company, said his car was stolen on Sept. 27 in Kwai Chung after it was borrowed by an employee, Headline Daily reports.
There was no word about the car until one of his staff came up with the idea of posting an advertisement on a second-hand car trading website offering the vehicle for only HK$1,000.
As to be expected, the unusually low price drew a lot of interest from prospective buyers. But the ad also had this message: “Lost this car NR___. If you’ve seen it, please call us at ___.”
The car thieves must have decided to give up the car after learning a lot of people could be hunting for the vehicle.
At around 2 a.m. on Tuesday, a man in his 40s and wearing a hat was seen driving the stolen car into a carpark at 26 Kimberly Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. The driver simply parked the car inside and fled.
Upon closer inspection of the car, a 64-year-old security guard surnamed Kwok noticed that the car door and ignition system had been vandalized, and the license plate number differs from that printed on the permit on the windshield.
He called the police, who confirmed it was a stolen car after cross-checking the car plate with the chassis number.
When the owner arrived at the carpark, he noticed that the wheels’ hubcaps, originally gold in color, had been spray-painted black.
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