Colonial Zone car parts theft warning: Watch where you park - The stealing of rearview mirrors, wheel centers, license plates, batteries and the emblems of vehicles have residents and visitors to the Colonial Zone on the brink of desperation, and some have resorted to the most ingenious method to foil the thieves.

The theft of accessories has become so frequent that several people cited by said one same piece has been robbed as many as four times, losing as much as 16,000 pesos in each case.

They blame the robberies on the “palomos” -youngsters who loiter and breath glue and other drugs- who stake out the area to lift the accessories of autos parked in the various streets virtually at all hours.

Victims scream

“They’ve done everything to me. My car mirrors have been taken four times, all my metal accessories have been stolen and they even broke the rear glass while they were trying to steal it,” said French Rodriguez, who usually parks his vehicle on Espaillat street.


Read also: Legit auto parts sales fall more than 50% on stolen ones

The lack of a law which regulates transactions on used auto parts and accessories has made an underworld business profitable for thieves and spare part “fences” as well. Reacting to complaints, Police spokesman Máximo Báez said businesses which sell auto parts informally will be searched in the next few days and heighten measures to control it.......


Read more: Car dealers are selling stolen cars in the Dominican Republic

Listin Diario is reporting that the National Police has confiscated 15 stolen vehicles from 10 car dealerships around the country, so be very careful when buying a car in the DR.......


Dominican Republic auto dealers: money launderers, Wild West bandits

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