1 Apr, 2019 @ 16:34
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THE ITALIAN JOB: Italian arrested after selling ex-mother-in-law’s Fiat 500 and then lying it was stolen in Alicante

FIATSCO: Police located the ‘stolen’ vehicle in an Alicante parking lot

AN Italian man has been arrested in Alicante after selling his ex-mother-in-law’s car and then lying it had been stolen.

The man, 44, gained a tidy €6,000 from the sale of the Fiat 500 his ex-mother-in-law had allowed him to drive.

But the plot was foiled when the men reported the car as stolen to police, who after a brief investigation discovered the Italian vehicle’s licence plate had been switched for a Spanish one.

Police then recovered documents pertaining to the sale of the car, where the arrested man’s name appeared as the seller.

The man reportedly used a friend’s services to process the change of owner on the car’s paperwork, for which he had to photocopy his mother-in-law’s ID documentation.

The man, who lied to police he had left the car on a street in Alicante before going on holiday, has been released pending court proceedings.

The car was seized by police officers while the court case is resolved.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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