A man has pleaded guilty to stealing a car transporter that was loaded with eight cars, reports flintshirechronicle.co.uk.
However, the man has denied tricking the Lithuanian truck driver by pretending to be an officer for VOSA (the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency). James Deeney was due to go on trial after being charged with stealing the transporter and its load, said to be valued at around £10,000.
He later changed his plea and has been warned by the judge to expect a jail sentence.
The transporter was originally stopped by a legitimate VOSA officer for allegedly breaching regulations by being too long, causing it to be ordered off the road.
According to dailypost.co.uk, the driver spoke very little English and was in touch with his boss, while trying to get the vehicle back on the road. His boss was able to check the vehicle's location using a vehicle tracking device.
Denied by the defence, the prosecution alleged that Mr Deeney approached the driver, saying he was from VOSA and told him that the lorry needed to be moved to a secure parking area. The driver was suspicious and was taken to the parking area separately but the lorry didn't turn up.
The owner of the vehicle in Lithuania was able to track the vehicle, saw it was heading towards Oldham and contacted the police.