Early on Sunday morning thieves bypassed security systems at Infiniti Motors in Melrose and made off with six vehicles.
On their shopping list were a Toyota Land Cruiser, a Range Rover Evoque, a BMW X6, a Mercedes-Benz ML400, an ML63 and a G63.
Three of the cars were later recovered in Kensington, Yeoville and Berea.
Infiniti Motors co-owner Jason Nestadt declined to comment.
The theft comes weeks after a Toyota dealership opposite Infiniti Motors was attacked by a gang that police believe might be the same one involved in Sunday’s theft.
Seven Toyota Hilux bakkies and Land Cruisers were stolen in that theft.
Four were recovered, with one of them found in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Danie Day, a private investigator specialising in cross-border crime, said there was a demand for luxury German cars in countries such as Zimbabwe.
“A scam whose operators were dealing in Mercedes-Benz ML55s was uncovered recently.
“Currently, in Zambia, there is a high demand for Audis, BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes, especially if these cars are rental vehicles.”
Day said his firm had also discovered that a lot of the multimillion-rand vehicles were being exported to Dubai from Mozambique.
“They get taken straight to the Maputo harbour, where they are loaded into shipping containers and put onto ships.
“The cars that are going to Dubai are the super high- powered vehicles valued at R2-million and more.”
He said Toyota Hiluxes, Cruisers and Fortuners were guaranteed to be taken to Mozambique and Botswana.
SA Insurance Crime Bureau chief officer Hugo van Zyl said: “Vehicle dealerships are targeted by groups of more than 12 suspects who enter the premises, overpower the guards on duty, cut open key safes and drive straight off the showroom floor.”
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