In a bizarre incident, a man strode into the post Harley Davidson showroom in Hyderabad's Banjara Hills on Tuesday and rode away with the test drive bike.
The incident occurred at around 2:30 pm when the 25-year-old man said he was planning to buy a 'Street 750' model worth Rs 6 lakh and wanted a test drive.
The accused who identified himself as Tahir also agreed to the test ride route, which is a round trip from the showroom to the Jubilee Hills checkpost. However, instead of taking a U-turn in front of the showroom, he sped off straight towards Nagarjuna Circle, leaving the showroom staffer who was following the `test-driving' rider in dust.
â€œHe seemed intelligent and was very suave in his appearance, and they (showroom staffers) did not think anything was wrong when they agreed to his re quest for a test drive,â€œ Banjara Hills inspector P Murali Krishna told the Times of India.
The shocked showroom employees waited for an hour hoping that their prospective customer would return, but soon realized that he was not coming back.
Following this, the showroom management called the cops and gave them CCTV footage of the offender and lodged a complaint, the report in TOI adds.
The police have registered a case under sections 380 (theft in a building) and 420 (cheating) of the IPC and a manhunt has been launched to nab the offender.