Car stolen from innocent OAP during fake test drive

Posted on - 29th March, 2018 - 1:53pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Videos
Police would like to speak with this man

Lancashire Police has issued an appeal after a man stole a car from a pensioner during an orchestrated test drive.


A 79-year-old man from Blackpool met with a man at around 9am on February 28 to discuss the sale of a Ford Ka.

The suspect asked for a test drive and drove the pair to Queens Retail Park in Preston.

He then asked the pensioner to get them both a coffee, before leaving the scene with the vehicle without making any payment.

Police are appealing for information and are ‘particularly keen’ to identify the man in the picture above and video below.

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PC Darren Grice, of Lancashire Police, said: “We are investigating the theft of a motor vehicle in Preston.

“The victim, innocently trying to arrange the sale of his car, has been duped by a callous thief.

“Following enquiries we are keen to identify this man, pictured on CCTV. He is wearing the long black anorak and beige trousers. Do you know him? If so please contact us immediately.”

The vehicle was later found by police a few days later, having been sold on to an innocent buyer.

If you are able to identify this man or have any information which might assist police in their enquiries, please contact 101 quoting log reference 0734 of February 28 or email PC Grice at

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