Stolen cars found in Birmingham chop shop linked to hire car thefts
We’ve raided a Birmingham used car dealership suspected of being linked to a £400,000 vehicle theft and chop shop ring.
Officers executed a warrant at the Bordesley business this morning (25 Feb) on the back of police intelligence suggesting it was handling and dismantling prestigious models stolen from car hire firms.
Several cars including BMWs, Mercedes-Benz, an Audi and a VW Passat have been stolen in recent months from car rental companies in Birmingham after thieves provided bogus personal details to take delivery.
The total value of the vehicles stolen is around £400,000 and it’s alleged the second-hand car unit has been accepting some and stripping them down for parts.
Officers forced entry to a locked shutter on the site and inside found a BMW M3 containing several cloned number plates and the stripped down chassis of an Audi A6.
Checks confirmed the BMW was stolen on 30 January during a violent break-in at a house in Sutton Coldfield during which occupants were threatened with a hammer.
The Audi was taken on 30 December after its keys were snatched from the hallway of an address in Kings Heath – a 38-year-old man has since been charged with conspiracy to steal motor vehicles and is now remanded in prison.
Another stolen car – a Mercedes-Benz CLK stolen on 20 February following a burglary in Kingswinford – was also found after officers forced open a van parked in the compound.
A 32-year-old man tried running from the location but was chased down and arrested nearby on suspicion of handling stolen goods.
Local police Sergeant Dan Busby said: “It was a good day’s work: three stolen cars identified and more checks to be carried out on car parts found at the unit which may well have been stripped from stolen vehicles.
“Of note we also recovered two electronic GPS ‘jammers’ on the site which are used by crooks to block signals given out by tracker devices built into vehicles.
“The warrant came about thanks to intelligence provided by the community. We really value information from the public, they are our eyes and ears in communities, and will always look to take action if we suspect criminal activity.
“If anyone believes a premises is being used to handle and dismantle stolen cars then we want to hear from them.”
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