Car racket

Cops probe alleged illegal ring

Police and insurance companies have launched separate investigations into reports of a lucrative car parts sales racket involving stolen vehicles.

Not only are thieves stealing cars and stripping them down for parts in an underground market, some legitimate car dealers are also requesting that the criminals assist them in restocking spare parts, Barbados TODAY understands.

Public Relations Officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler confirmed that lawmen were investigating reports that vehicles were being stolen for parts.

“We have had intelligence that some vehicles were being sold in parts . . . and we are also conducting investigations into those things as well. There is intelligence that is suggesting that cars are not only being sold as whole cars, but there are some stock shops which are even selling parts of the vehicles,” Cobbler told Barbados TODAY this afternoon.

However, the police spokesman could not confirm other reports that some legitimate car dealers were also involved in the scam.

However, the insurance industry has served notice that any car dealership which may be involved in the racket will not get away with it if caught.

“It is not something we were aware of . . . we would now have to carry out some level of investigation,” Michael Holder, the president of the General Insurance Association of Barbados (GIAB) told Barbados TODAY this afternoon.

“We would have to tread very carefully because we can’t accuse anybody without any evidence. It is a matter we would [also] have to bring to the attention of the police if we get some names. We are hearing there are people, but we have no names at this stage.”

Holder also warned that if evidence emerges that any legitimate car dealership was collaborating with thieves to restock their stores, “no general insurance company would be dealing with that company. We will not be.”

It is understood that thieves are targeting such makes as Toyota Corollas and Suzuki Swifts.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

26 Responses to Car racket

  1. luther thorne November 22, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Barbados = Steal in there

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  2. Jennifer November 22, 2017 at 3:16 am

    There is a saying when your own dog bite you>>>>>> you well bite. We the meek have now become the recipients of a classical conditioned purloin lot. With jail just being a home away from home.

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  3. real vexx November 22, 2017 at 7:20 am

    This clown talking bout calling names. The thieves selling them to Indians for years now and wunna playing wunna ain’t know. Just take a look at the number of car parts shops popping up around the island.

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  4. real vexx November 22, 2017 at 7:25 am

    All the police need to hear is that a man got a gun and he door kick off. What proof what. Sickening. Wunna does got certain people to lock up…smh.

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  5. Alex Alleyne November 22, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Barbados the “teefing capitol of the Caribbean”.
    As I move about BIM I see a couple of cars stripped to the bone alongside the road in some strange places. No Police or Insurance person ain’t see them yet ?. I am quite they all have Owners…… Also, Were any payouts made ?????
    At ever corner in BIM there is an “Auto Parts Store” , a “Rum Shop” , and a “Church”. ALL MAKING big MONEY.

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  6. Sue Donym November 22, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Have the police or the insurance companies heard any rumours about auto dealers who buy generic or knockoff parts and pass them off as genuine model replacements?

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    • Belfast November 22, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      This has been happening for years. I know of one company which used to sell the non-genuine part for $60 and the genuine for $300+. There was no way to initially verify that the $300+ part you paid for was not the $60 part, until later on when that part prematurely expired. There was and still is no warranty on these specific parts. The dog dead

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      • Sue Donym November 22, 2017 at 8:04 pm

        Fraud in its many forms. How is this any different from the brand infringement case in the news now? Location? Vendor? The aggrieved party? Willingness to pursue?

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  7. milli watt November 22, 2017 at 9:30 am

    where do you steal, hide, strip, sell and keep secret a racket like this in a two by one place my word. will be interesting when they carry away a car that lojack

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    • Belfast November 22, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      Wait!last Kadooment a thief in broad daylight stole tyres off a car parked alongside a busy highway with many people milling around.
      He who dares win!

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  8. luther thorne November 22, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Alex Alleyne
    I said the same thing you said and Barbados did not publish my comments. How you yours published ?

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  9. luther thorne November 22, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Alex Alleyne
    I said the same thing you said and Barbados Today did not publish my comments. How you get yours published ? I cant understand who moderating comments here. Is freedom of expression under threat ?

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  10. luther thorne November 22, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Stupse !!

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    • milli watt November 22, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      this is a responsible paper and given the last few weeks where it had to fight de CREW you understand why care is taken.

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  11. Donild Trimp November 22, 2017 at 11:30 am

    This is the type of story that riles me.

    How many cars were reported stolen in Barbados in the past 5 years?

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  12. lester November 22, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    This is interesting doh, just hearing the insurance companies launching investigation against such is laughable, they might end up investigating themselves, what about the sale of ” write off vehicles” that are not really written off?

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  13. North poiint November 22, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    The car racket business has been going on for years in Barbados, from an investigation perspective it’s very difficult to identify the stolen parts because they don’t have individual serial numbers, and therefore criminals and able to get away with their trade . If you go to some police stations I am sure you will see many cars there that subject of an investigations, but the process is problematic

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  14. Donild Trimp November 22, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    @ North Point
    How many cars were reported stolen last year or the year before that?

    With less than 200,000 registered vehicles in Barbados, that is not a difficult statistic to come up with.

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  15. Alex Alleyne November 22, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    @Luther Thorne, I did not see and/nor read your post, so think I stole your writings.
    But as the saying goes, “great minds think alike”.

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  16. Alex Alleyne November 22, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    @Sue D, been going on for quite sometime. In places I know , all replacement parts are put in a plastic bag in the trunk. All NEW GENUINE parts are listed on the paper-work with part number.
    Please note that “aftermarket parts carry a totally different number than the GNUINE part”.

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    • Sue Donym November 22, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks @Alex Alleyne. How many people actually check the installed parts or know what to look for?

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  17. hcalndre November 22, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Has the police in Barbados know of sting operations? this is some thing that they should copy from the US.

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  18. Saga Boy November 22, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Yah mean the Police charged and lock up a man for stealing more than 14 cars in July they were not able to get a peep out of he? He was not a taxi driver or owner. He was not a car rental owner. So he had to be selling the cars to somebody. This car part thing is just like Preadial larceny

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  19. Belfast November 22, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Once it’s used to be a car radio or a set of rims. Drugs, Guns, stolen cars, What’s next.

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  20. andy g November 22, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    this is a world wide thing,barbados cant stop it because no cars are being built in Barbados.the usa tried to combat it by making manufacturers to have the serial # on all the parts of the vehicle.junk yards have to supply proof of how they get vehicle or a part. if you crash your vehicle and you get a door from the junk yard with a different serial # you are required to reregister the vehicle to show the change ,yet it is not being inforce,but it slowed down the constant stealing of vehicle . replacement parts from the parts store carries a different #.

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  21. hcalndre November 23, 2017 at 1:33 am

    With a couple hundred of vehicles in Barbados, they are yet to have ways and means for vehicles to be properly checked and identified when stop by the cops, things like the inspection and registration stickers, insurance card, the car`s identification numbers and who were the previous owners etc.

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