Stolen Kia leads the way to wanted Merc

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - SAM YARWOOD

THIEVES un­wit­tingly led po­lice to a Mercedes on false plates – af­ter park­ing a nicked Kia next to it.

The Kia C’eed es­tate was dis­cov­ered in a car park in Sal­ford on Box­ing Day after­noon, just two hours af­ter it had been swiped from out­side a house in north Manch­ester.

Po­lice say thieves broke into the prop­erty and stole keys be­fore driv­ing off.

Not long af­ter, the 19-plate Kia was spot­ted near to Lord Street in Sal­ford. Of­fi­cers from GMP Traf­fic searched sev­eral al­leys and car parks be­fore find­ing the ve­hi­cle parked up.

While wait­ing for re­cov­ery, Sgt Matt Pic­ton de­cided to check the other nearby ve­hi­cles.

Next to the Kia was a Mercedes with a flat rear tyre.

Checks re­vealed the car had reportedly driven away from sev­eral petrol sta­tions with­out pay­ing for fuel.

It was also on false plates. The Mercedes was also seized and en­quiries are now un­der­way to iden­tify the owner.

The Kia has since been re­united with its owner.

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