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In the second such incident in less than a month, a conman drove away with a Volkswagen Vento car, on the pretext of a test drive in Hyderabad on Thursday.

According to reports, the victim, Srikanth, had advertised online on OLX, following which the accused Manas had contacted him.

"Both of them sat in the car and went from Somajiguda, where Srikanth lives to Kukatpally for a test-drive. After that, Manas told Srikanth that he would get his mother to show her the car and asked Srikanth to wait inside the Sujana Forum Mall. He waited inside believing Manas, who took off with the car," an official from the KPHB police station told The Hindu

A case has been registered, and the cops suspect that the culprit was from Karnataka.

Earlier this month, the Hyderabad police arrested a man involved in the high-profile theft of an Audi Q3 car.

The man made away with the car from a used car dealer's showroom on the pretext of a test drive.

29-year-old Samanasa Venkata Ramana walked into the showroom, and calmly introduced himself as Gautam Reddy, a doctor from Apollo hospital, before swindling the owner and his associates.

The police said that Ramana was involved in over 83 cases of theft or fraud, spread across the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

 

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