By Euro Weekly News Media • 17 May 2012 • 9:47
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A BRITISH expat says he was the victim of carjacking in Rojales.
Victor Paul Scerri, 63, retired to Rojales in the Costa Blanca 11 years ago with his Norwegian wife.
At the end of last month they prepared to drive to their summer cottage in Norway.
Scerri packed the 4×4 car with his luggage the night before, leaving his wife’s luggage to be packed the next morning outside their Rojales home.
That night Scerri had trouble accessing the internet so he drove to a WiFi hotspot located 500 metres away, parking below some restaurants.
While he sat close to his car, two Norwegian men started talking to him saying they had bought a villa in Benimar-Benijofar for €100,000.
As it was a 10-minute drive away and it was dark, Scerri agreed to drive them home, curious to see the ‘bargain villa’.
After not finding the house, Scerri stopped the car and they all got out so he could look in the back for a map.
While they were all out of the car one of the men sat in the driver’s seat while the other told him to get in the car or they would leave him there.
He got in the vehicle but a short distance later they stopped the car and they attacked him, taking his watch and driving off with his car, he said.
The car contained all his belongings, including clothes, mobile phone, two laptops, passport and other documentation, among other items.
After flagging down a passing police car officers took note of the incident and drove him home.
“Heartbroken,” he chose to walk to Benimar where he searched through the night in search of his 4×4.
It was 9am when he stopped a police car who had also been searching, and they said he had given them the wrong registration number of his car, so he went home to check. He was later told to file a report at the Almoradi Police Station.
Scerri was assured that the information would be passed to local police and Interpol, but after two weeks of not hearing anything he called Interpol who told him his car was not on their list of stolen cars.
“I do not understand why the International Police was not notified immediately that two Norwegians could be driving through Europe,” said Scerri.
He later discovered that the stolen goods are probably not covered by his insurance.
In Norway, Scerri’s plight has been reported by on national station TV2 and local newspaper Bergensavisen, and in the Viking Posten a Norwegian language newspaper on the Costa Blanca. However they reported the colour of the car incorrectly.
They said it was black, when in fact it is a silver three-door Land Cruiser with a small white flower sticker on the rear window and the license plate is DLH-5887.
If anybody sees the car, either report the sighting to the police or email [email protected] with the details to forward onto Scerri.
EWN EXCLUSIVE By Nicole Hallett
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