Man wanted for suspected car scams

East Riding of Yorkshire

8 Aug 2019

Officers are looking for a man who we believe is taking second hand cars out for a test drive, not returning them, then selling them on to unwitting car dealers.

It follows an incident in Bridlington on Wednesday 24 July. The suspect had asked to take a blue Ford Fiesta out for a test drive and then disappeared in it. The registration of this car is YX07 UVD. 

The car was later spotted the same day in Hull displaying trade number plates which weren’t on the car when it was stolen from Bridlington. The details on the plate couldn’t be made out. Do you know where this car is? 

The only description we have of this suspect is that he’s in his late 40s or early fifties and speaks with a Scottish accent. He seems very plausible and always has the correct documentation for a car. 

We believe he could also be responsible for two other similar thefts at businesses in Grimsby and Scunthorpe. 

We’re asking car dealers to be vigilant if they are suspicious of anyone trying to sell a car to them, or anyone who might not seem genuine when showing an interest in a vehicle. 

Always report any concerns to us in the first instance.

If anyone has any information, please contact us. 16/84801/19 refers to the Bridlington incident.