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by Alex Gibson

Cars stolen in Australia have been found as far afield as Uganda in an investigation by global police force Interpol.

The operation, conducted in several countries throughout East Africa, targeted sales of high-end models in countries like Uganda, to determine whether vendors had legally acquired the cars for sale.

In particular, cars with shattered or missing windows were investigated, according to an AAP report.

Over 300 stolen vehicles from Australia and the UK were found, 120 of which were in Uganda alone.

Local police, in conjunction with Interpol, determined whether cars were stolen by requesting that vendors provide legal documentation proving their cars were lawfully acquired. If vendors were unable to do so, officers researched each car’s importation documents to establish its country of origin.

The cars – mostly Jaguar Land Rover products such as the Range Rover, but also Hondas, Jeeps and Subarus – are targeted by Ugandan crime rings whose networks run between Uganda, Australia and the UK.

In many instances, the stolen cars had their engine numbers altered, making it difficult for prospective buyers to determine whether a car is genuine or illegally acquired.

Australia has one of the highest car-theft rates in the western world, with approximately one in 70 Australian households having had a car stolen in the past 12 months. Almost 100,000 cars are stolenin Australia each year, of which almost one-quarter are never recovered.

Police officers say most stolen cars end up for sale, either locally or abroad.

  • Chen Wu

    Dear Sir,

    This is outrage! Why did Port Botany Authority allow them to go home out of Australia?

    If autos of prestigiousness are found in the ports, he should be arousing all his suspicions (even when it’s nights). Why imported best cars form Australia? Why not from country car was born at (Germany, Italy, etc).

    Polices need to do greatly more efforts to get this scandalous affair sorted out with reference to immediacy! Pray to gods this gets done. Maybe get it to the next election as an issue.

    Nice day,
    Chen Wu

    • Bob



      Arrrrrr, silly post
      They are in shipping containers with most likely false documents, VERY EASY really

    • Mr Chens Engrish Fan Crub

      Chen. You are superb. Keep it coming. Gotta love Africa, they pirate so many freighters, they knock off our cars, maybe it’s time we dropped the lefty PC and closed our borders to these dodgy folk, I’m sure interplod know who they are.

      • drivingsofas

        Mr Wu is a champion. He should be telling Scott Morrison the minister for immigration and citizenhip to deport motor vehicle crims and also Warren Truss transport minister how they do their job and tighten up the 2nd hand vehicle export market.