Two arrested in dawn raids after theft of 22 cars worth more than £400,000

Police have carried out dawn raids across Greater Manchester in relation to the theft of 22 cars worth more than £400,000.

Two men, aged 42 and 37 have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit theft and conspiracy to commit burglary.

Warrants were executed at three properties in Wythenshawe, Stockport and Dukinfield at around 6am on Thursday 8 October.

Three cars were seized from the addresses, as well as car parts, police said.

The arrests relate to an ongoing investigation into the thefts of cars between August 2019 and 2020.

Vehicles worth a total of more than £400,000 were stolen from addresses in Stockport and Altrincham, as well as areas of Cheshire.

The men are currently in police custody and are being quizzed by detectives.

Detective Sergeant Dave Jarvis, of Macclesfield Beat Initiative Team, said: “The raids – in Stockport, Wythenshawe and Dukinfield – were carried out as part of Cheshire Constabulary’s ongoing mission to bring those involved in organised crime to justice.

“They followed extensive enquiries regarding a number of burglary and car theft incidents across Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

“Led by the Macclesfield Beat Initiative Team, the investigation relates to 18 incidents in which a total of 22 cars were stolen.

“We have been gathering evidence and intelligence behind the scenes and the extensive work has now led to two men from Greater Manchester being arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglaries and thefts.

“I hope that this operation reassures communities that we are committed to doing all we can to tackle this type of criminality.”

David Keane, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, said: “Having your home broken into and your car stolen must be a deeply upsetting experience.

“I would like to thank the detectives and officers involved in this operation to protect Cheshire from organised crime, which is a key focus of my Police and Crime Plan.

“As the county’s police and crime commissioner I know that Cheshire Constabulary does extensive work to stamp out organised crime, which has no place on our communities.”

|Ma Evening Post