Six people have been arrested as part of an investigation into thefts from cars in Thanet.
Officers have also recovered around 100 items believed to be stolen.
Between Sunday (December 15) and Wednesday (December 18), Kent Police received about 30 reports that cars had either been tampered with or items had been stolen from the vehicles throughout the district.
Following enquiries into the reports, officers attended Boundary Road in Ramsgate yesterday where three people were arrested in connection with the thefts.
Items including sunglasses, satnav devices and iPods were recovered by officers at the scene.
A further two arrests were made in a car park in St Peter’s and the sixth arrest was made in the Newington Road area later the same evening.
- A 26-year-old man from Ramsgate on suspicion of theft from a vehicle.
- A 31-year-old man from Ramsgate on suspicion of theft from a vehicle.
- A 26-year-old man of no fixed address on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle.
- A 56-year-old man from Ramsgate on suspicion of theft from a vehicle and possession of Class A drugs.
- A 35-year-old woman from Ramsgate on suspicion of handling stolen goods.
- A 39-year-old women from Ramsgate on suspicion of handling stolen goods.
All six people currently remain in custody while enquiries are ongoing.
While officers work to identify the owner of the recovered items, anyone who believes they may have had something stolen from their car and hasn’t yet reported it is asked to call Kent Police as soon as possible on 101.
Keep your vehicle secure
Officers are also reminding car owners to keep their vehicles locked at all times.
Sergeant Tom Couzins said: “Although a number of the reports we have received suggest vehicles have been damaged, some victims think they may have left their vehicles unlocked while parked up for the night.
‘People like to hope crime will never happen to them- unfortunately thieves tend to be opportunistic and will make the most of a car left insecure.
‘We appreciate this time of year can be hectic as people prepare for Christmas but we want to remind everyone to take the extra time to check their cars are locked before leaving them unattended – even if it is just for a short time.
‘Remove any valuable items from your car, including satnav devices and any loose change.
‘Our officers are working to identify the owners of the recovered goods and if you believe your vehicle has been broken into but you haven’t reported it to Kent Police yet, please call 101 or via report our website here”
They or others have been active in car parks behind the newish Orbit houses in Westwood Cross too, damaging doors and mirrors. It is made too easy for them without any lampposts in the pitch dark carparks for safety.
I know to people who will be pleased they have got people for this type of crime as they have recently had cars broken into and stuff taken including items in report hopefully they are the ones involved in their case it will mean a lot to them. I hope they don’t get off with a slapped wrist but get proper punishment especially as one person that has had their car burgled is very upset and distressed by the perpetrators of the crime. But we’ll done the police my guess is that they knew who was possibly the most likely to have been doing the crimes just needed enough evidence to carry out a raid.
I’m guessing these aren’t the scrotes who have been damaging vehicles in Westbrook and Westgate… They need arresting too!