Operation tackles vehicle theft
22 Apr 2016 15:30 PM[View Full Size]
Police investigating the large scale theft of transit vans across the force have taken part in raids and made further arrests.
Officers are carrying out an operation into the theft of more than 75 transit vans stolen across the force area since July 2015, with a total value of over £500,000.
Yesterday (Thursday, April 21) officers made three arrests and recovered nine vehicles, which police suspect may be stolen, during the raids in Blyth, North Shields, Heaton and Ryton.
Two men both aged 25 and a 17-year-old male youth were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal motor vehicles and have been released on bail pending further enquiries.
Earlier this year in January two men were arrested , one aged 24 on suspicion of handling stolen goods and a 34-year-old on suspicion of TWOC (taking vehicles without consent), both have since been bailed.
During yesterday's police activity police recovered four transit vans, two motorbikes and two cars which are still being examined by officers.
As part of the ongoing activity officers have seized suspected stolen vehicle parts, stolen property and other items believed to have been used to steal vehicles.
Northern Area Command Chief Inspector Jamie Pitt said:"This is a good example of how Northumbria police can proactively target organised criminal gangs committing multiple offences across the forcearea. It is a key part of our preventing crime strategy and we will continue to prevent, disrupt and deter organised criminality."
To report suspicious activity contact police on 101.
Pictured; Suspected stolen vehicle seized by police.