Car Thieves Targeting Smart Cars Arrested In Portugal

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
car thieves targeting smart cars arrested in portugal

Police in Portugal have broken up a theft ring that exclusively targeted Smart Fortwo . The thieves were (not surprisingly) affiliated with an independent Smart repair shop, and the perpetrators had their stash of stripped down cars and spare parts seized as well.

According to police, Smarts can be easily disassembled using an allen key, screwdrivers and other hand tools. Some cars were left stripped in the streets, while others were turned into new cars using fake VIN numbers and a Frankenstein mish-mash of parts from other vehicles.

Some owners ended up buying cars and parts back from the chop shops on the black market. Steering wheels were a hot ticket, as they cost nearly $1000 new, but went for much less thanks to the five-finger discount available on the stolen variety.

[Source: Green Car Reports via Mais Motores]

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  • Henning Kristensen Henning Kristensen on Sep 27, 2010

    In order to get away from fossil fuel we must change the way we drive....... or where we drive. The electric vehicle "roads" must be up in the air and covered. That way we can transport our selfs safely and in all kind of weather. It will get us away from fuel. The sun etc. and my FAST CHARGING system can charge the batteries,(pollution free), and we will need less oil. It will produce work for many, many years to come. Let's work for the furure.