Police are investigating after a car stolen from a Glen Iris home in February turned up 11,000 kilometres away in Dubai five months later.
In July, an Australian who travelled to the United Arab Emirates spotted the Mercedes Benz C-Class Coupe, which was surprisingly fully intact and still had the original Victorian number plate and dealership frames attached.
A 32-year-old Endeavour Hills man was charged last week of the alleged theft, while another three have been apprehended overseas.
“They came into the house whilst we were asleep upstairs. They stole the keys from the side board – there was a wallet one metre away that they didn’t take – and then drove off in the car,” the owner told CarAdvice.com.au.
“[Police] said a car like that, only a few months old, would have been stolen to break down for parts or shipped overseas,” they said.
It's unclear how the thieves managed to get the vehicle overseas without pulling it apart.