d729e6f2ec5b413ca947c16b325fb2b9
Land Rover Defenders seized by Western Cape police. (Supplied, SAPS) – News24.com

Since the iconic Land Rover Defender ceased production in January 2016, the value of this legendary vehicle has rocketed through the roof. It was merely a matter of time before the criminally-minded start seeing opportunities. Since production discontinued in January 2016, the Defender has become a prime target for auto thieves.

In their August 2016 issue, Land Rover Monthly reported a sharp rise in Defender theft in the United Kingdom. According to the article, Defender theft in the UK rose to 8 percent since 2014, estimating losses at £1.8 million (R33 million).

The problem has made it Defender thieves have been caught  Police in the Western Cape has seized four brand-new Land Rover Defender Heritage vehicles, to the value of R3 million, in Paarden Island on Thursday, following an investigation into fraudulent import and export deals, News24 reports.

DSC_0808

The article says that Bellville police found the vehicles at a storage facility on Carlisle Road in Paarden Island around 14:00. “Fraudulent export documents were issued for the vehicles in Johannesburg while the vehicles were in storage in Cape Town,” said Captain FC van Wyk in a statement. They were destined for Malaysia and the UK and valued at R3m. The investigation is on-going.