Yaris ‘clone’ baffles owners, officers

2008-12-02 00:00

Police and bystanders were baffled yesterday when a car owner discovered a vehicle in the Game parking lot in the city centre that is not only the same model and colour as his, but shares the same registration number.

The owner of the black 2006/07 Toyota Yaris called the police immediately after making this discovery.

“The owner of the first vehicle went to the parking lot and found that his car wouldn’t open,” said police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan. “He then found that this was not his vehicle — but it had the same registration number.”

Police arrived at the Game store on the corner of Chef Albert Luthuli and Jabu Nlovu streets and inspected both vehicles, as shop assistants took turns to come out and see what the fuss was about.

After waiting for almost an hour for the owner of the second Yaris to show up, police impounded the car.

They suspected that the second car was a clone of the first, as the first owner produced the documentation to verify that the car was his.

Jeevan said they initially suspected that the second Yaris had been stolen and that the same registration was illegally used.

However, when the owner of the second vehicle came to claim his car, police found that there had been a mix-up at the dealership.

“The owner of the second vehicle also had the necessary documentation and a log book,” said Jeevan. “We checked the engine numbers and found that they were different, and phoned the dealership and discovered that they mixed up the registration numbers of the vehicles.”

The car owner who discovered the coincidence did not want to comment when approached by The Witness.

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