Six high value stolen vehicles have been recovered during a warrant in North Benfleet
Thanks to the quick work of teams across the force, four high value vehicles stolen across Essex and two from the London area have been recovered.
The Stolen Vehicle Intelligence Unit (SVIU) led teams from the Operational Policing Command who joined forces with Basildon Local Policing Team to carry out the warrant at industrial units in North Benfleet on Monday 5 February.
Officers found a Rolls Royce Cullinan worth £250,000, an Aston Martin DB11 valued at £70,000 and a Mercedes AMG GT valued at £40,000 at the scene, alongside a Range Rover Vogue.
A Jeep Wrangler and a Toyota Alphard were located in two storage containers.
All six vehicles were intact.
Further evidence gathered at the scene to support the investigation shows more vehicles have been through the site, with an estimated total value of just under £1 million.
'Our work doesn't end here'
Chief Inspector Dan McHugh said:
“This was a great piece of work by all those involved. “In just 12 hours from information being pieced together to obtaining a warrant, teams from across the force worked together to recover six high value cars. “Our initial enquires estimate almost £1 million worth of cars may have gone through this site and the Rolls Royce was recovered just 24 hours after it was stolen. “Our work doesn’t end now we’ve found the cars: we’ll continue to investigate to identify and arrest those responsible for the thefts and reunite the vehicles with their owners.”
Our Stolen Vehicle Intelligence Unit is dedicated to identifying and targeting those concerned in the theft of vehicles and disrupting organised vehicle crime.
The specialist unit has gone from strength-to-strength, recovering more than 700 stolen vehicles last year.
'Team plays a key role in fight against vehicle crime'
The District Commander went on to say:
“Our SVIU play an important role in leading the force’s response to tackle this type of crime. They regularly seize stolen cars within hours of them being taken, examine them and use that intelligence to locate other missing vehicles. “Their intelligence-led approach shows their determination to tackle vehicle theft as a force priority in which we’ll do all we can to disrupt offenders’ activities by using and sharing intelligence with colleagues, partners and other forces and targeting the use of road networks in an effort to make Essex a hostile place to commit vehicle crime. “We are dedicating time and resources to target criminals committing any form of vehicle crime and we’d ask the public to support us and get in contact with us if they have information that could help us locate a stolen vehicle or identify those concerned in vehicle crime.”
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