A criminal gang partly made up of employees at BMW's Munich plant has apparently spent years stealing parts worth up to £3m from the manufacturer.
The thieves relieved the company of everything from electric seats to blank keys and then sold the goods on through internet auctions.
BMW's own investigators eventually identified the fraudulent activities, which were traced to two long term employees and one third party contractor.
German website, The Local, explained that the men would forge production orders for parts and then reject the items on quality control grounds. The goods were then smuggled out of the factory.
The three suspects are currently on remand facing charges of theft, handling stolen goods and deception.