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Old 25th March 2013, 10:44   #1
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Browsing through google news, I came across an rather interesting news article in Bangalore mirror.

A conman who had escaped with the Merc last year has returned the car to the rightful owner after Bangalore mirror reported the plight of the owner, widow of Kargil Martyr.

http://www.bangaloremirror.com/artic...99s-widow.html
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She has now given all the details to Madiwala police who have seized the car. They will hand it back to Anuradha after completing the formalities.
Some miracle. Out of the frying pan and into the fire, more like!

I am very suprised that the conman actually had the car in his possession for so long instead of selling if off to someone at a hefty profit. Maybe he decided to keep the Merc for himself??
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Something crooked here. What was he doing with the car for 15 months? Enjoying the drive rather than making money?

As Anoop said, what sort of "formalities" required for police and hope they dont take long time to finish it - I mean formalities not the car
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A very good article posted. It is an example and gives the impression that, even in this current generation of mechanical life people have an inner conscious mind that makes them re-think about the plight of others and correct their mistakes.

However, Mercedes being not a very common car to sight in the cities and the car having a fancy number "333", not sure how the police were not able to chase it down for the past 15 months.
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The other part is how she handed over car before cheques were cleared!
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The other part is how she handed over car before cheques were cleared!
As per the linked article, she had not handed over the original documents of the car.
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Very fishy marketing tale for Bangalore Mirror. Why should a conman return a car, especially after the great Mirror carries the story, seems more like a self serving media ploy for the rag in question.

Also for 15 months no one has sold/seen/used the car and its returned in seemingly pristine condition after one article by the so called paper?
Scam alert!!!
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Looks like a very cheap trick from BM to market, and it is working; we all are already talking about it. Negative or positive, publicity is publicity!
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Browsing through google news, I came across an rather interesting news article in Bangalore mirror.

A conman who had escaped with the Merc last year has returned the car to the rightful owner after Bangalore mirror reported the plight of the owner, widow of Kargil Martyr.

http://www.bangaloremirror.com/artic...99s-widow.html
Rubbish article. Sheer sensationalism as is typical of a scandal rag like the BM.

1. Widow of a Kargil Martyr - obviously quite well heeled then to be able to afford a merc?
2. Time period for which the car has been missing - 15 months is quite a long time indeed.
3. Can one really believe that this is a thief with a heart of gold? Like Robinhood etc? Come on! Who are we kidding here?

Waste of time in my opinion...
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A conman who had escaped with the Merc last year has returned the car to the rightful owner after Bangalore mirror reported the plight of the owner, widow of Kargil Martyr.
The article mentions that the duo cheated owners of high-end vehicles, yet they mention about the case of a Tata Manza. BM has a very flexible definition of "high-end".

BTW, when a vehicle is stolen, how hard is it for someone to swap out the SIM card (or whatever they use to get it onto a network) for a remote immobilizer?
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Rubbish article. Sheer sensationalism as is typical of a scandal rag like the BM.

1. Widow of a Kargil Martyr - obviously quite well heeled then to be able to afford a merc?

Waste of time in my opinion...
Two points I would like to make.

1) I agree with your opinion about BM over hyping the news for publicity. Most newspapers end up doing this. It is still wrong anyway.

2) I dont get your second point. Having money does not mean one should not be entitled to the services of the police.

Call me stupid, but sometimes you have to believe in the good in people.
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On a lighter note, this is another proof of the low reliability of Mercedes( post w124s) once they get old.
the thief got frustrated of high maintenance costs and frequent breakdowns

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