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Two men charged in connection with stolen luxury cars

One of the stolen cars was a BMW X3

By Constantinos Psillides
Two people arrested in connection with the case of stolen luxury cars from the UK have been charged and released.
Police arrested a 61-year-old man who bought one of the seized cars, along with a 30-year old who, according to police, at the time the car was seized was trying to hide it.
They were both questioned, charged in writing and let go. The 61-year-old is the father of one the suspects already in custody in connection to the case.
Police also said that five out of the seven limousines seized on Sunday have been returned to their owner after investigators concluded they have not been reported stolen.
Five luxury cars were seized last week, including three Range Rovers and a BMW X3.
Limassol police spokesman Ioannis Soteriades said on Tuesday the investigation into the criminal ring suspected of importing the stolen cars is on the right track.
The ring, according to the police report, forged ownership documents by registering the stolen cars in the EU countries so they could legally import them to Cyprus, while also altering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
The case came to light after the British owner of a stolen BMW contacted British authorities to report that his car’s GPS gave a signal from Cyprus.
The luxury vehicles were found at the lot of a car importing company in Limassol, whose 37-year-old owner is now in custody. Also in custody are the 46-year-old owner of a car lot in Paralimni, two brothers from Sotira aged 22 and 27, a 33-year-old from Vryssoules and a 32-year-old from Limassol.
They are under investigation for conspiracy to commit a felony, forgery, circulating false documents, obtaining money under false pretences, accepting stolen goods and altering vehicle registration numbers.

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