THE LAND Rover Defender is being targeted by thieves and organised gangs looking to sell on car parts or whole vehicles to the black market, The Sunday Times reports.
Thieves have removed parts of the body including bonnets, headlamps, front grilles, badges and even seats. Police suspect that the perpetrators are stockpiling the parts as spares to sell on to the black market, specifically in Eastern Europe, when Jaguar Land Rover cease production of the Defender.
In Andover, Hampshire, the bonnets of three Defenders were stolen in the first week of April alone. Another three Defenders in Norfolk were stripped of their doors, seats and front grilles between March and April.
Superintendent Dennis Lacey, from Norfolk police, said: “This type of crime appears to be a national trend with several other forces reporting similar offences, mainly in rural locations.”