Five teenagers suspected of moped and other thefts have been arrested after officers responded to early morning reports of people trying car door handles in Margate.
The incidents were reported to be taking place in Botany Road at around 3.20am today (July 24).
As well as sunglasses and mobile phones reported stolen from vehicles, police were also told a moped had been stolen from a driveway at around the same time.
Officers were dispatched to the area and immediate CCTV enquiries were carried out. The moped was found shortly after and had been damaged by fire.
Descriptions of the suspects were given to other patrols in the area who were able to track down one person in Northdown Road and a further four people in Palm Bay Avenue.
The sunglasses and mobile phones were recovered and five teenage boys aged between 13 and 17 were arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and arson.
A 17-year-old boy from Canterbury was further arrested on suspicion of stealing from vehicles and a 13-year-old boy from Ramsgate was also arrested on suspicion of possessing suspected ketamine.
All five suspects remain in custody while enquiries continue.
The work was carried out as part of Kent Police’s Safer Summer work against anti-social behaviour.