Teens arrested over car-jack series – as others charged with car thefts
Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a series of high-value car-jackings in Birmingham.
West Midlands Police officers patrolling Birmingham city centre in the early hours of yesterday morning (25 July) pulled over a Range Rover Evoque believed to be travelling on cloned registration plates.
The Evoque was stolen during a car-jacking in Hervey Road, Erdington, on Sunday (23 July) and the four occupants – three men aged 18 and one 16-year-old male youth – were arrested on suspicion of robbery.
They have also been quizzed over two more recent car robberies – in Jervoise Street, West Bromwich, where a Range Rover was taken and York Road, Handsworth, when a BMW was stolen by four masked offenders.
All four have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
Meanwhile, three men suspected of being part of a vehicle theft gang have appeared at court in connection with a burglary in which two cars were stolen and a car theft from a Sandwell street.
Luke Hodson (19) from Lower Higley Close, Quinton, and 20-year-old Joseph Brennan from Tamerton Road in Bartley Green appeared before Dudley magistrates today charged with aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.
A third man, 18-year-old Ronan Lewis from Goodman Street, Ladywood, also appeared accused of going equipped to steal.
The charges relate to a theft in Hales Lane, Smethwick, on Friday (21 July) when a Ford Fiesta Titanium was stolen and an overnight burglary (4-5 July) at an address in Frampton Way, Pheasey, when another Fiesta and a Vauxhall Astra were taken from a driveway.
Another man, 24-year-old Jacob Brown from Bowling Green Lane, Handsworth, is set to appear at the same court on 8 August charged with taking a vehicle without consent as part the same investigation.