Colchester/Chelmsford: Four arrested after high value shop theft
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Four teenagers have been arrested after a high value shop theft was reported to us in Colchester.
We received reports of the theft having taken place in Boots, Stanway, yesterday afternoon, Thursday 1 February.
A vehicle was quickly identified through intelligence work and firearms officers patrolling our roads were able to safely follow behind a VW Golf on the southbound A12, close to Boreham.
The Golf then failed to stop when requested and continued driving.
The car then stopped in the car park of the Premier Inn, in Boreham, and four people left the car.
One person was initially arrested by the armed unit. Dogs units then quickly arrived and Police Dog (PD) Kaiser and PD Khan traced three other suspects to a row of bushes nearby.
In total, four people – three 17-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy – were arrested on suspicion of theft. Officers have since linked a number of other high value theft offences outside of Essex to the group and we are now liaising with other forces.
All four remain in custody for questioning.
Superintendent Phil Stinger, of our operational policing command, said:
“The public may naturally associate our armed officers with offences which involve dangerous weapons and firearms, which of course is what they are specially trained for. “But they are also, first and foremost, police officers. They make arrests and they keep the county safe. In this case, their expert driving skills shone through and they were able to track the car of interest to a hotel car park, where all four people tried to escape. “And because of the excellent communication between teams, it was officers from our dogs unit who arrived next and, put simply, hiding behind a bush won’t do much good when PD Kaiser and PD Khan have caught your trail.”
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