Woman thought she was pranked after £35k Land Rover disappeared from MOT garage

A woman from Stockton-on-Tees left her £35,000 Land Rover Discovery at a garage for its annual MOT on Monday – and hasn’t seen it since.

Soon after dropping the car off at Stratstone Land Rover car dealership, Tracey Holmes was "stunned and devastated” to receive a phone call telling her that her car had been stolen from the site.

Tracy thought it was a prank call at first, as the man on the other end of the line said her pride and joy had been “pinched”.

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Cleveland Police confirmed to Teeside Live that officers had been called to reports a black Land Rover Discovery was stolen in the early hours of Tuesday morning and said inquiries were ongoing.

Tracey said she took her car into the dealership around 4pm on Monday and was leaving it overnight ahead of a trip to Hull for her job the following morning.

Tracey says she dropped the car off and signed the key over before leaving the site.

She said: "I was in Hull [on Tuesday] and just after 10am and I got a phone call from their customer relations. He said: 'Could you advise us where you have parked your car?' I explained where I had parked it in their forecourt.

"I said I don't think it will be there now because the lady told me you would be moving it into a more secure compound out the back. I said: 'Why, what is the issue?' He said: 'Your car has been pinched.'

"I honestly thought I was getting a prank played on me. I really did."

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Tracey claims she was told her car was not taken by the dealership's secure compound after being informed that it would be.

Tracey also says she has had "no empathy" from the dealership and has not received an apology.

She explained: "I was stunned but I was devastated. You put your car into a garage to keep it legal on the road and then you get a call to say it's been pinched while it has been put into their hands."

Tracey thinks the dealership should provide her with a courtesy car while the incident is dealt with, as she is concerned about losing income with not being able to travel to work.

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She added: "I'm not wanting anything flash – I'll have whatever you will give me that has got four wheels and it works!"

A Cleveland Police spokesperson said: "We were called to reports that a Black Land Rover Discovery was stolen in the early hours of Tuesday 25th April from Stratstone Land Rover dealership in Stockton. Enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information should contact us on 101, quoting reference number 078056."

A spokesman from the dealership’s parent company said: "We have been made aware of this incident and are working closely with local police to investigate the situation further."


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