Thief caught buying cars with stolen checks

Raza Rafiq 
By: Mahesh Sarin 

A man was arrested, charged and convicted of theft after buying cars with stolen checks, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

35-year-old Raza Rafiq of Pargetter Street, Walsall, was sentenced to serve six and a half years in prison after being found guilty of thefts at the Wolverhampton Crown Court.

The court heard how Rafiq, used the checks that had been stolen during burglaries at Moorside Gardens and the Afro Carribean Centre on Wolverhampton Street.

On three separate occasions, he visited a Walsall car dealership and purchased a Ford Focus, Vauxhall Insignia and a BMW 1 series totaling more than 25,000 pounds.

His greed showed no bounds as he drove off in the newly-purchased cars only to sell them to make a quick profit.

Eventually, officers caught up with him when the dealership discovered that the checks used to purchase the cars were stolen.

The thief was traced after he used his own details, including his Walsall address, to insure the cars. When his house was searched, the check books stolen from the earlier burglaries were discovered.

Rafiq initially fled from the country to avoid prosecution, and on his return from Pakistan, he was located and brought before the court.