West Midlands Police have arrested three people following raids on suspected chop shops in Birmingham.
Information from a member of the public whose car had recently been stolen led officers to locations in St Margaret’s Road, Hob Moor Road and Beach Road, all in Birmingham.
Officers forced their way into garages at the sites, where hundreds of car parts from stolen cars were found. So far parts belonging to 12 stolen vehicles, worth roughly £270,000 have been identified.
The suspects, who are all from Birmingham and are aged 44, 29 and 18, were arrested on suspicion of theft of motor vehicles and have been released while investigations continue.
Last summer, West Midlands Police launched a ‘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.
You can find out how you can help police find Chop Shops on the West Midlands police website here: www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/chop-shops
Information can be provided to officers via Live Chat on the West Midlands Police website between 8am and midnight. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Calls aren’t recorded and callers won’t be asked for their details.