West Midlands Police are continuing the fight against car crime after carrying out a series of raids in Birmingham. The raids led to the discovery of stolen cars, hundreds of parts, and thousands of pounds in cash thanks to community intelligence.
Officers executed search warrants at properties on Portland Road, Edgbaston, Dora Road, Bordesley Green and Sydenham Road, Small Heath, yesterday (18/02).
Around £33,000 in cash was seized, along with a number of stolen cars and hundreds of car parts believed to be from stolen vehicles.
Two men, aged 30 and 33 from Birmingham, were arrested in connection with the theft of motor vehicles and released whilst investigations continue.
Last summer, West Midlands Police launched the ‘shop a chop shop’ campaign, urging members of the public to report garages or units they believe could be taking stolen vehicles and stripping them down for spare parts.
In 2018 more than 7,400 cars were stolen in the West Midlands, a huge increase from 2,520 in 2015. West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson blamed keyless technology for the sharp increase.
Information can be provided to police via Live Chat on the West Midlands Police website between 8am and midnight. Alternatively, members of the public can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Calls aren’t recorded and callers won’t be asked for their details.