Namur thieves go on air bag spree
About 120 vehicles along the N4 road in Namur have been broken into and robbed of their air bags in the past week, according to the daily Vers l’Avenir.
The crimes appear to have been committed by a band of organised professionals. They are not specific in their choice of car. In the space of three days, the criminals targeted showrooms and parking lots belonging to Mazda, Declercq, Naméricar, Peugeot, Volkswagen and Opel.
The aim is to steal both the driver and passenger air bags which generally sell for between EUR 1,000 and 1,500 each. The air bags are extremely easy to steal, as the thief only has to lift them from their protective cases before carrying them away unnoticed as they weigh very little.
Furthermore, the thieves do not hesitate to take headlights, indicator lights and GPS systems, even if they are already built into the dashboard.
Authorities in Namur do not know the identity of the criminals but an investigation is under way.