A bodywork and spray painting expert of Beezie, Enmore has been detained by police on the East Coast of Demerara following the recovery of a stolen motor car, PJJ 2301, at his workshop.
The car was stolen on Tuesday while parked on the roadway at Goed Fortuin, West Bank, Demerara.
The man was detained after police went to his workshop and found the car, which was already stripped and ready to be sprayed.
According to reports, after missing his vehicle, the owner of the car made unsuccessful checks as far as Linden and Mahaicony.
But thanks to a news item on television, he received an anonymous call informing him that a vehicle fitting the description of his car was lying at an Enmore bodywork establishment.
After locating the car, the police were subsequently informed, and they detained the owner of the spray painting establishment.
However, Kaieteur News understands, the man has told police that the stolen vehicle was brought to his workshop on Wednesday night by a man from Better Hope.
The spray painter told investigators that he had befriended the Better Hope man some time earlier this year and they had exchanged telephone numbers.
He claimed that, on Wednesday, the man called him and told him that he had a car which he wanted sprayed.
He then gave the man directions to his workshop, and the car was taken there.
The man and two others brought the car and instructed the spray painter immediately to remove the wheels and a special writing on the front windscreen.
However, detectives have not yet located the man who reportedly took the car to Enmore.
Investigators are working on the theory that the spray painter may be part of a car stealing ring.
There are reports that most of the stolen cars are taken to several workshops and sprayed over before they are resold to unsuspecting buyers.
Investigators are now probing possible links with the Licence Revenue Office, where it is suspected that the changing of registration numbers is being facilitated.
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