Young Car Thief Strike West End Car Yard, Takes Joy Ride Past Cleveland Youth Detention Centre

A daring car theft took place in West End, where a black Audi A3 was stolen by a young individual from the Wheelz and Wheelz car dealership on Ingham Rd.

The incident took place around 8:20 a.m. on Wednesday, 25 Oct 2023. Local authorities are now investigating the incident that saw the stolen car involved in a dramatic joy ride past the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre just an hour later.

A black Audi A3, left unlocked in the car yard of Wheelz and Wheelz, was snatched by an opportunistic young thief. The stolen car, worth thousands, was driven away from the dealership, leaving both the staff and owners in shock. Police were alerted immediately and launched an investigation into the theft.

Less than an hour after the car was stolen, the stolen Audi A3 was spotted by members of the public. It was seen driving in convoy with a stolen white Toyota HiLux outside the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre, located on Old Common Rd, Belgian Gardens. The stolen vehicles were making laps near the detention centre, creating a spectacle for onlookers.

The stolen Toyota HiLux, a separate case in itself, was reported stolen from the Walkabout Palms caravan park in Wulguru. The theft occurred sometime between 8:30 p.m. on Monday and 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday. The vehicle had its rear and side windows smashed, indicating it had been forcefully accessed.

Local law enforcement agencies are now working tirelessly to resolve the case. The theft of the Audi A3 and the subsequent joy ride near the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre has raised concerns about the safety and security of vehicles in the West End area.

Police are urging residents to take extra precautions when leaving their cars unattended, ensuring they are securely locked to prevent such incidents in the future.

Published 27-Oct-2023