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Arrests made as police continue to tackle vehicle crime

June 8, 2021
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Police are continuing to tackle vehicle crime at full throttle after making four arrests and are repeating their warning for motorists to review their security.

Following detailed CCTV enquiries by the Arnold Neighbourhood Policing Team, two suspects were quickly identified in relation to vehicles being broken into.

Two men, aged 37 and 45, were arrested on suspicion of theft from motor vehicles and fraud.  

The arrests followed four recent incidents in Arnold where vehicles were targeted. Cash and tools were taken from two of the vehicles and a bank card was stolen from another and later used to buy goods from local petrol stations.

In three of these incidents the vehicles were left insecure.

Two more suspects were arrested and have since been charged in connection with the theft of power tools from a car in Colwick overnight between 31 May and 1 June 2021.

Following an investigation by the Carlton Neighbourhood Team, CCTV enquiries identified two suspects who were arrested on Thursday (3 June 2021). They were subsequently charged with receiving stolen goods.

John McSalley, 37, of Balmoral Road, Colwick, pleaded guilty and was sentenced at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Friday. He was fined £280 and ordered to pay a £34 victim surcharge and 385 costs.

Sean Stredder, 48, of Balmoral Road, Colwick, has pleaded not guilty to the charge and is next due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 19 August 2021.

Gedling Neighbourhood Policing Team Inspector Chris Pearson said: “As these arrests and charges show, we will not tolerate this type of offending in Gedling and we thoroughly investigate reports of vehicle crime.

“While our enquiries into recent thefts remain ongoing we’re also urging residents to be vigilant and make it as difficult as possible for criminals to target their vehicles. They should ensure they are locked and any valuables are removed or kept out of sight

“Where possible ensure that your vehicle is parked on your driveway or in your garage if you have one. Alternatively, ensure your vehicle is parked in a well-lit area.

“Having an alarm and immobiliser fitted to your vehicle is also an effective way of deterring criminals.“We're also urging local residents to report any suspicious people or vehicles to us immediately by calling 101. If an incident is in progress call 999.”

The warning also comes as police investigate thefts of plant machinery from building sites in the Gedling borough, including a mini-digger which was taken from a trailer in Oakdale Road, Carlton, between yesterday and today.

Insp Pearson added: “We’d urge anyone with any information about this theft to please come forward as soon as possible. Your information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, could be crucial to our investigation.

“Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 84 of 8 June when they call.”

For more advice on how to protect your vehicle visit https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/prevention/vehicle

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