DISGRACED police inspector Heindrich Classen, who sold stolen cars to members of the public, was jailed for six years when he appeared in the Port Elizabeth Regional Court yesterday.
Classen, 44, of North End, was found guilty on five counts of fraud and a further five of theft. He worked at the Greenbushes police pound where stolen cars are stored before ownership claims are made. Between May and November 2005, Classen illegally sold five vehicles after the rightful owners delayed claiming them from the pound.
The scam was exposed when a traffic officer spotted his stolen car, the registration number still attached to it, operating as a taxi.
When the officer confronted the driver, he was taken to the “owner”, who told him he had bought the car at a police auction run by Classen.
Classen was later transferred to the Walmer police station, where he and colleagues were appointed to head a task team that specialised in probing a spate of house burglaries in the Walmer, Kabega Park and Humewood areas. He was removed from the team after a report in The Herald on his court appearance.