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Hamilton carjacking

A HAMILTON man has been charged with carjacking after allegedly stealing an acquaintance’s car while getting a lift on Sunday night.

Hamilton Police criminal investigation unit detective sergeant, Mark James said the 33-year-old man was charged after handing himself into police about three hours after allegedly stealing the vehicle.

He said the man and the victim, a 58-year-old Hamilton man, were known to each other and were at a Bree Road property together about 7.30pm when the man asked for a lift.

They drove around 200 metres up the road towards Pedrina Park when the man allegedly grabbed the victim’s keys and threatened to bash him if he didn’t get out of the car.

The victim then got out of the vehicle and the man allegedly drove away, Det Sgt James said.

He said the man “thought better about what he’d done” a few hours later and handed himself into the Hamilton Police Station about 11pm.

Det Sgt James said the man had been cooperative with police but had been unable to remember where the vehicle had been dumped.

He said police were still looking for the green Ford Falcon XR6 with the number plate 1TK 6FZ, which would be parked somewhere in Hamilton.

“If anyone sees the vehicle, please don’t touch it but call Triple Zero (000) and report it to police – it is somewhere in Hamilton, but we haven’t found it yet,” he said.

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