Six mechanics stole over a dozen luxury cars from customers of a car repair garage in Modi’in in recent months, police said, using a simple and highly effective method until they were caught this week.
According to police, after the suspects set their eyes on a car brought in for repairs, they would make a copy of the key and set it aside while finishing the repairs. They would write down the driver’s address and around a month or so later head to the victim’s house and drive off in the car, without needing to break in.
Police from the Shfela subdistrict said that the suspects managed to steal 14 luxury cars over the past few months using this method, adding that each of the stolen cars was worth hundreds of thousands of shekels.
Six of the suspects were arrested on Tuesday and by the next day, all but one were released to house arrest. The sixth suspect, a 29-year-old resident of east Jerusalem, was ordered to remain in custody.