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Stolen Range Rover returned to Harpenden resident

29 Apr 2021
  • Specialist teams across the county tracked down a stolen Range Rover from Harpenden this morning.

  • Three men have been arrested.

  • Road policing worked with CCTV operators at St Albans council, the dog unit, police helicopter and Force Control Room as well as Thames Valley Police.

    Quick-thinking officers worked with specialist teams across the county to track down a stolen Range Rover and arrested three men in the early hours of this morning (Thursday 29 April).

    The £125,000 Range Rover was stolen from an address in Oakhurst Avenue in Harpenden just before midnight last night. The number plates had been replaced with clones.

    The car was believed to have been driven in convoy with a Ford Fiesta to St Albans, on to Maple Cross and into Thames Valley.

    The Range Rover was stopped in Denham Way in Maple Cross at 12.50am.

    A 43-year-old man from Bedfordshire was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and possession of Class B drugs (cannabis).

    Officers from Thames Valley Police stopped a Ford Fiesta in Chesham. Two men – aged 19 and 20, also from Bedfordshire, were arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.

    All three remain in police custody.

    As well as Thames Valley Police, road policing officers were supported by CCTV operators at St Albans City and District Council, the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit, the police helicopter and colleagues from the Force Control Room.

    Detective Sergeant Paul Wadsworth from the Local Crime Unit said: “The owner was stunned to get his vehicle back so quickly and without a mark on it. Officers acted quickly and decisively and enlisted the help of other colleagues across the county and I’d also like to thank St Albans CCTV operators and Thames Valley Police for their support.”

    You can follow the work of local officers on Facebook and Twitter @StAlbansPolice to see what action is being taken on a daily basis to help keep the district a safe place to live, work and visit.



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