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Police catch opportunist thief red-handed after he allegedly took £50,000 car from Inverness garage

By Louise Glen

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An opportunist thief alleged to have taken a luxury car from an Inverness garage, was caught red-handed by an officer from the police dog section.

The £50,000 Jaguar F-Pace was stolen from a car dealership on Harbour Road yesterday.

It is understood the man had planned to take the vehicle to Birmingham.

After the car was taken, staff at the garage are understood to have immediately raised the alarm and called police who put out a call to find the vehicle before it left the area.

The car had no number plates fitted to it and was spotted by officers from the police dog section, heading south.

The driver was stopped on the A9 near Moy with the vehicle returned to the dealership an hour later.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "A report was received of a stolen vehicle from a dealership on Harbour Road in Inverness shortly after 11.10am on Thursday, 8 October.

"The vehicle was traced and recovered near Moy south of the city a short time later.

"A 26-year-old man has been charged in connection with the theft and a road traffic offence. He is expected to appear at Inverness Sheriff Court at a later date."

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