Accord linked to a Colombian crime ring responsible for major jewellery thefts
in New Zealand has been sitting abandoned in a long-term lot at Wellington
Airport for at least two years and possibly longer.
clocked up more than NZD 5000 in parking fees – money unlikely ever to be
the city were startled to learn of the ultra-long park yesterday morning in the
city’s Dominion Post newspaper.
The car is
reportedly linked to major jewellery thefts in 2011, when an international
crime syndicate netted more than NZD 770,000 worth of jewellery, using stolen
vehicles. The gang robbed Australian and Asian gem dealers who were in New
Zealand to buy and sell jewellery. Five Colombians were caught and jailed.
would not confirm how long the car had been left in its long-term car park, the
paper said. Records reveal its registration was cancelled in June 2013, while
its last odometer reading was in March 2011.
surrounds who drove the car to the airport – or how the vehicle was
overlooked for so long.
airport’s current long-term rates are NZD 120 for nine days, then NZD 5 for
each day after that. Canadians used to parking at airports in cities like
Toronto and Vancouver will find those rates a tremendous bargain. But the
bargain pricing clearly doesn’t come with a lot of supervision.