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Car thieves arrested in Coventry and Solihull within hours

Sarah Mason 12th Feb, 2019

VEHICLE thieves were arrested in the space of a few hours by West Midlands Police on Monday (February 11).

An 18-year-old man was arrested in Stratford-on-Avon on suspicion of involvement in a burglary in Kineton Lane, Hockley Heath, where an Audi S1 was stolen by offenders who smashed open a door to steal keys.

At around 2.30am on Monday (February 11), West Midlands Police pursued a white Ford Fiesta after it made off in Glendover Avenue, Coventry.

The driver rammed a patrol car as officers tried to corner him in Woodcraft Close before the Fiesta crashed in Torrington Avenue.

A man bolted from the car but a West Midlands Police dog handler tracked the suspect to a nearby railway bridge where he was arrested.

The car was found to be running on false plates and is understood to have been stolen from Berkswell Road, Longford, on January 23.

A 17-year-old male from the Stoke area of Coventry was arrested from his home address over a burglary on February 4 in Jackers Road, Longford, when thieves forced entry to a house and stole a Citroen van.

Bradley Callan, aged 22, of Ashtree Grove, Tile Hill, has been charged with dangerous driving, having no insurance and receiving stolen goods. He has been bailed to appear at Coventry Magistrates Court on March 14.

Two others were in police custody on Tuesday (February 12).

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Ingram from Force CID in Solihull, said: “It’s a great result to bring in four suspected vehicle thieves – including some wanted over violent robberies and burglaries – in the space of a few hours.

“We’ve seen an upturn in car key burglaries and vehicle robberies, but we’re responding with targeted patrols around the region by Central Motorway Police Group officers, who are using intelligence and on-board CCTV cameras to catch and bring offenders to justice.”

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