Couple Return From Holiday To Find £65k Mercedes Stripped For Parts
A man was left devastated when he returned from his holiday to find his £65k ($82k) Mercedes AMG GT had been stripped for parts.
Jay Tranter, 36, and his partner had left the car with an airport parking firm in Birmingham while they went abroad for five days.
But when the couple came back, they found his car in bits.
Thieves had taken the lights and removed the number plate, as well as parts of the engine and the whole of the bonnet.
Jay, who is from Halesowen near Dudley, paid £52.94 ($66.90) for a meet and greet at 4am on 8 July. The firm, Car Parking Birmingham Airport, was then supposed to look after his car, where it was claimed it would be kept in a 24-hour secure car park.
But Mr Tranter, a managing director of a summer house company, said that the tracker on his car showed it had been taken to a site down a gravel track a few miles away from the airport after he'd given them his keys.
When he got back to Birmingham on 12 July, the car had been stripped. He said the damage could cost as much as £20,000 ($25,000) and he is worried he won't be able to afford the insurance premium.
Speaking to Birmingham Live, he said: "I feel cursed. This is the third vehicle I've had an issue with.
"Now I'm not sure I'm going to be able to have a good car because I'm not going to be able to afford the insurance when they give me the premium.
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"I'm not sure I want the car back as it's tainted and the electrics could be damaged.
"This car is worth £65,000. It's beautiful and turns heads where ever it goes as it's that type of motor. I've always had nice cars, but this is the best one I've had.
"It makes me feel annoyed. It feels like you can't have anything nice nowadays. I feel like from what I've experienced now that the entire country is lawless."
The current manager of the airport parking firm Amjid Khan confirmed the Mercedes was vandalised on 9 July, also claiming he had taken on his managerial role on 10 July after the business was taken over by a new silent partner.
He said: "I have been managing the site from 10 July and after the incident happened. I've done an incident report, reported it to police and told the car owner.
"I have apologised myself 100 times to Mr Tranter and it's not something I would want anyone to go through."
Mr Tranter said he will go to the official airport car park next time.
In a statement, West Midlands Police said: "We're investigating after vehicle parts were stolen from a Mercedes on a car park in Mackadown Lane, Tile Cross, between 8-10 July.
"Enquiries are being carried out and anyone with information can contact us via Live Chat, or by calling 101. Quote crime reference number 20BE/163742Q/20."
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