Thieves smash taxi while stealing car

Targeted – Joseph Magri by his damaged vehicle

Targeted – Joseph Magri by his damaged vehicle

First published in South Essex by

A TAXI driver has been unable to work after his cab and his wife’s car were damaged in a botched theft.

Joseph Magri, 50, was woken in the early hours by the sound of his wife’s car being reversed into his taxi.

Yobs got in by smashing the windows of the cab in search of cash, but their luck was in when they discovered a key hidden in the glovebox.

Mr Magri, of Vowler Road, Langdon Hills, had forgotten to remove the spare key for his wife Sharon’s Ford Focus the night before.

The thieves initially tried to make off in the cab, then tried Mrs Magri’s car.

In their haste the car was crashed into the taxi parked alongside, waking the terrified couple in the process.

Mr Magri, who works in London, said: “People tend to target taxis because they assume we leave money in them, but of course most cabbies would know not to do that overnight.

“I had a holdall in there, but it just had paperwork and coins in it.

“I only had the spare key for my wife’s car in there because I had gone to pick her up.

“I meant to take it out when I got home, but I completely forgot – it’s just typical.

“As soon as we woke up and realised what was happening, I shouted out of the window and managed to scare them off.

“They quickly got out the car and ran off.”

Mr Magri believes the lack of street lights means there is no deterrent for criminals in his neighbourhood.

He was unable to give police a description of the two thieves because of the blackout.

Essex County Council began switching street lights off from midnight until 5am earlier this year in a bid to save cash. Mr Magri, who normally wakes up at 2.30am to get ready for work, said: “At the time I’m leaving in the morning, the lights are still off and it has certainly made a big difference.

“Normally I’m just careful and make sure I lock the doors, but this just proves it isn’t as safe any more.

“Criminals think they can get away with things, because there’s no way people will see them.

“I can’t return to work until the taxi is repaired, so I’m the one who is missing out on money.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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9:59am Fri 29 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

His taxi has a small dent in it, how will it stop him from using it, just curious.
His taxi has a small dent in it, how will it stop him from using it, just curious. Robin Reliant
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1:16pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Hasn't stopped his ability to park on the pavement.
Hasn't stopped his ability to park on the pavement. Keptquiettillnow
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3:13pm Fri 29 Aug 14

MarcelloM says...

Shoplifting is Great wrote:
Robin Reliant wrote:
His taxi has a small dent in it, how will it stop him from using it, just curious.
My thoughts entirely. Just a typical taxi driver. Always moaning about something and just wanting his 15 minutes of fame.
Can't you read? They smashed the window of the cab to search it for money. That's where they found the key to the Focus.

Of course he can't legally drive passengers with a smashed window. The cab would probably have to be assessed by a garage too to make sure it's still roadworthy, as well as being dusted for prints and perhaps held onto by forensics.

You wonder why taxi drivers moan when they get up for work at 2:30am every day to work hard for coglionis like you!
[quote][p][bold]Shoplifting is Great[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: His taxi has a small dent in it, how will it stop him from using it, just curious.[/p][/quote]My thoughts entirely. Just a typical taxi driver. Always moaning about something and just wanting his 15 minutes of fame.[/p][/quote]Can't you read? They smashed the window of the cab to search it for money. That's where they found the key to the Focus. Of course he can't legally drive passengers with a smashed window. The cab would probably have to be assessed by a garage too to make sure it's still roadworthy, as well as being dusted for prints and perhaps held onto by forensics. You wonder why taxi drivers moan when they get up for work at 2:30am every day to work hard for coglionis like you! MarcelloM
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4:58pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

MarcelloM wrote:
Shoplifting is Great wrote:
Robin Reliant wrote:
His taxi has a small dent in it, how will it stop him from using it, just curious.
My thoughts entirely. Just a typical taxi driver. Always moaning about something and just wanting his 15 minutes of fame.
Can't you read? They smashed the window of the cab to search it for money. That's where they found the key to the Focus.

Of course he can't legally drive passengers with a smashed window. The cab would probably have to be assessed by a garage too to make sure it's still roadworthy, as well as being dusted for prints and perhaps held onto by forensics.

You wonder why taxi drivers moan when they get up for work at 2:30am every day to work hard for coglionis like you!
His insurance will have a glass company round with in a few hours, if they don't you can call a place like Budget for an example who will get the glass and fit it with in a few hours,so you can secure your vehicle.

Held onto by forensics..? are you for real what is this CSi Basildon.? it wasn't used to transport a body or a stolen hoard of gold bullion, some chancers broke in because they could see a holdall in there., and its a panel dent so no danger of its road worthiness, unless the echo photographer forgot to take a snap of the chassis, wheel and suspension leg damage of course, how many warnings do we need not to leave things on display in vehicles, how many do you think ?
[quote][p][bold]MarcelloM[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoplifting is Great[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: His taxi has a small dent in it, how will it stop him from using it, just curious.[/p][/quote]My thoughts entirely. Just a typical taxi driver. Always moaning about something and just wanting his 15 minutes of fame.[/p][/quote]Can't you read? They smashed the window of the cab to search it for money. That's where they found the key to the Focus. Of course he can't legally drive passengers with a smashed window. The cab would probably have to be assessed by a garage too to make sure it's still roadworthy, as well as being dusted for prints and perhaps held onto by forensics. You wonder why taxi drivers moan when they get up for work at 2:30am every day to work hard for coglionis like you![/p][/quote]His insurance will have a glass company round with in a few hours, if they don't you can call a place like Budget for an example who will get the glass and fit it with in a few hours,so you can secure your vehicle. Held onto by forensics..? are you for real what is this CSi Basildon.? it wasn't used to transport a body or a stolen hoard of gold bullion, some chancers broke in because they could see a holdall in there., and its a panel dent so no danger of its road worthiness, unless the echo photographer forgot to take a snap of the chassis, wheel and suspension leg damage of course, how many warnings do we need not to leave things on display in vehicles, how many do you think ? Robin Reliant
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