Conman uses small boy in scam to steal car in Doncaster

Stolen Vauxhall Astra
Stolen Vauxhall Astra
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A boy aged around six years old was used in a scam to steal a car in Doncaster.

A man posing as a potential buyer of a car for sale in Doncaster turned up for a viewing with a young child and asked for a test drive.

He sat in the driver's seat, with the boy in the passenger seat beside him, and asked questions about the silver Vauxhall Astra for sale before asking if he could take it for a test drive.

As the seller, Ryan Goodliffe, was about to get into the back seat to accompany the 'buyer' he sped off.

Ryan, aged 30, who was attempting to sell the car, with the registration number DV57 DJD, on behalf of a friend, said it was taken from outside China Garden and Bella Pizza on Bentley Road, Bentley, on Wednesday afternoon.

The thief rang Ryan after spotting a 'for sale' poster in the vehicle and arranged a viewing.

Ryan said: "The man who said he was interested in buying the car saw the for sale poster in it and rang me up.

"He came with a young boy, who can't have been any older than six, and sat him in the front seat while he was asking questions about the car.

"He asked if he could take it for a test drive and as I was about to get into the back he drove off."

The thief was white, of a medium build and in his late 40s or 50s.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.