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Driver of luxury car charged over theft

AN affluent Porsche driver has been charged over the theft of two headlight covers and a tire from another vehicle of the same make.

Luwan District prosecutors said yesterday that the man stole the covers because the ones on his mother's car were faulty and then went to try and steal the back tires as well.

Chen Wen, 24, a Zhejiang Province native, allegedly tried to shift part of the blame to his mother's driver, surnamed Wang, during the investigation, saying it was all Wang's idea.

Prosecutors dismissed this claim and collared Chen as the suspected thief "after collecting evidence from multiple sources."

Chen was driving his mother's grey Porsche Boxster on the night of February 24, when he saw a black Boxster drive past.

Prosecutors said he followed the black car to an underground garage in a downtown residential community.

Chen stole the two headlight covers after the vehicle's owner, a Russian, had parked and left, prosecutors said.

Chen then put the covers on his own car "and drove away."

Chen had a flat tire much later that night and thought of that black Porsche again, prosecutors said.

He allegedly carried tools to the garage and took the two back tires off the already damaged Porsche.

He called Wang and asked him to take one of the stolen tires away by a taxi.

When Chen tried to take away the second tire, a security guard was alerted and the suspect fled empty-handed.

The security guard called the victim, who checked his car and called police, who quickly nabbed Chen.

The stolen covers and tire were assessed to be valued at 6,000 yuan (US$879).


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