Con men make off with garage equipment

The gang found the equipment on Patch's website
The gang found the equipment on Patch's website

The motor trade is being advised to be on the look out for a group of scam artists who recently stole a tyre changer and wheel balancer from a garage in Ireland.

The gang made contact with Patch Tyre Equipment in Kildare, quoting parts found on the company’s website and offering to buy the equipment.

However when the courier went to deliver the goods, he was told to go to a different address to collect payment after having unloaded the equipment.

Following the gang’s SUV to collect payment, the courier was given the slip by the gang. When he returned to the delivery address he discovered the two machines had been stolen.

The company says the gang remained in contact with them for the next few days promising payment, but that eventually all lines of communication were severed. The company reports the trio consists of two men and a woman.

Fears are now rising that the two machines, an ATH Heinl 460 semi automatic tyre changer and an ATH Heinl 530 wheel balancer could now be sold on by the gang.

Published by Darrenmoss

CAT magazine's in-house reporter and self-confessed petrol head

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