Road Crime Team and Dogs Unit arrest two men in connection with stolen cars
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Our Road Crime Team and Dog Unit made two significant arrests as part of their proactive patrols across the county to tackle vehicle thefts, and recovered two stolen vehicles.
In total, seven arrests for offences including drugs, drink drive and assault were made during their tour of duty, starting on Thursday 1 February, with the support of colleagues from teams across the force.
Just 30 minutes after a Range Rover had been reported stolen in the Aveley area shortly after midnight on Friday 2 February, our Road Crime Team (RCT) officers spotted it on the move in the west of the county.
The driver of the stolen vehicle sped off upon seeing our officers but came to a stop in West Thurrock Way after it collided with a barrier. The driver – a 21-year-old man from Grays - was detained after a short foot chase by a police dog and its Dog Unit handler arrested the man on suspicion of theft of the car and dangerous driving.
This incident followed the team’s successful arrest approximately two hours earlier when RCT officers patrolling the Chelmsford area on Thursday 1 February, located a VW Golf that was linked to the theft of a car from Thurrock a week earlier. The Golf driver, a 30-year-old man from east London, was arrested on suspicion of theft of a car when he was stopped in Baddow Road at around 11pm. He was further arrested on suspicion of going equipped to steal.
Both men remain in police custody whilst we continue our enquiries.
Superintendent Phil Stinger, Head of Specialist Operations, explained:
This was a fantastic result for the teams who work hard to identify and disrupt those who carry out this type of crime. Their diligence and awareness overnight created two real opportunities for quick arrests. Their work is vital in the fight against vehicle theft and they are fully supported by colleagues across the districts, working together for the community. But they know there is more to do to protect our residents and businesses being targeted for their vehicles, so they’ll be out patrolling the county in the coming days to identify further opportunities to put a stop to car thefts.
The Road Crime Team also seized eight vehicles for no insurance, recovered a second stolen vehicle and issued seven traffic offence reports over the same period.