A £50,000 Audi was stolen just 40 minutes before this picture was taken at a chop shop.
The 2019 Audi RS3 was taken in a violent carjacking in Oldham, before it was promptly stripped of its parts to be sold on.
It was found by specialist officers from Greater Manchester Police’s Tactical Vehicle Intercept Unit at an old mill.
Officers traced the vehicle to the building in Chadderton, Manchester Evening News report.
A source told the publication other cars and parts, also suspected of being stolen, were found at the mill in Chadderton.
It is understood four masked men were in a car which was deliberately driven at low speed into the Audi.
When the driver of the Audi got out, the men piled into his car.
A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery. The force’s stolen vehicle squad is now examining the contents of the chop shop.
Inspector Chris Hadfield, of GMP’s Specialist Operations Team, said: “This is a fantastic result and clearly shows our commitment at tackling crimes that relate to Operation Dynamo.”
In a statement, GMP said: “An investigation’s underway after a carjacking in Oldham.
“At around 11.44am today (Wednesday, December 4), police were called to reports of a car-jacking on Langham Road.
“The victim reported that he’d been involved in a low-speed collision and, after leaving his vehicle, the Audi had been stolen. No one was injured.
“Within the hour, officers from GMP’s Tactical Vehicle Intercept Unit located the car in what they believe is a chop shop.
“They also discovered what they believe are parts from other stolen vehicles.
“A 24-year-old man from Oldham has been arrested on suspicion of robbery.”
Increasingly, domestic burglaries and carjackings are being linked to global crime syndicates.
Cars are often dismantled and sold piece by piece on eBay to buyers in China – or shipped whole to Europe, Africa or Asia.
Operation Dynamo was launched by GMP to tackle the racket.
The lucrative nature of the crime has fuelled an huge increase in car theft across Greater Manchester.
The number of vehicles stolen in the region rocketed from 6,428 in 2014 to 10,040 last year – around 27 cars a day.
Between June last year and January this year, the Tactical Vehicle Intercept Unit recovered 273 cars worth £6.3m; plus £189,650 in cash and £52,400-worth of drugs.