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Car stolen just six hours after it was bought for £45k

Mark Hamilton and the stolen Mercedes E63 AMG car Photo: BPM

A property developer has appealed for help to track down his high-end new car after it was stolen from a Birmingham car park – just six hours after he had bought it for £45,000.

Mark Hamilton - who lives in Northern Ireland - bought the Mercedes E63 AMG car from a dealer near London on Monday.

The car was driven to Birmingham on his behalf and was due to be loaded on to a lorry to be taken to Northern Ireland yesterday.

But it was stolen from the Chiquito restaurant car park, on the Hagley Road, between 8pm and 8.30pm on Monday night.

To make matters even worse, Mr Hamilton has been told that there will be no insurance payout because the vehicle was not under the custody or control of the policy holder.

Mr Hamilton flew into Birmingham today to speak to police about the theft of the 2013-plated car, which is worth more than £75,000 when bought brand new.

Mark Hamilton Credit: BPM

“I had only owned it for six hours before it was stolen.

“The transport truck was not going as far as London on Monday, so I had the car driven up by somebody who I have used many times before.

“Whilst it was in the car park it was stolen.

“I have a truck that is ready to pick the car up and take it to Northern Ireland, but there is no car to pick up.

“The insurance policy is invalid because the car was not in my custody or control.

“I am obviously very anxious to get it back because I have spent all of this money and have been left with nothing.

“It is quite a rare car and I just hope that people may be able to help me if they see the car.

“There are not that many of these models on the road.”

– Mark Hamilton
The car was stolen from the Chiquito restaurant car park Credit: BPM

“The theft of the vehicle was reported to the force at 8.30pm on Monday evening.

“Inquiries are ongoing and anyone with information can call 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

– A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police