A gang of robbers that arrived in an auto-rickshaw forced their way into a Hyundai car yard at Manapakkan in Chennai in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The robbers pelted stones at the gate of the yard which prompted Manoharan to open the gate to investigate. Once the gate was open, the robbers overpowered Manoharan, the lone security guard who was keeping watch over 63 new Hyundai cars and decamped with 7 Creta SUVs.
The robbers entered the yard, manhandled Manoharan and drove away in the vehicles. The fact that keys were left in car doors and petrol filled in tanks for easy shifting of cars to company showrooms made it easier for the robbers to make a quick getaway.
However, as police were alerted immediately and were in hot pursuit, the robbers were forced to abandon 5 of the 7 Hyundai Creta’s at Gangai Amman Koil Street in Valasaravakkam. The gang was in the process of affixing fake registration plates on the cars when they noticed the police causing them to abandon the vehicles and race off.
One more of the stolen Hyundai Creta from the lot of 7 was found parked at Astalakshmi Nagar, Maduravoyal on Thursday after locals alerted the police of a brand new vehicle parked in the area.
Since the yard was relocated recently, the police believe that this is an inside job. The police claim that they have identified the key suspect and expect to recover the last of the stolen vehicles in due course.
Hyundai Creta – Photos