Arrests made in car thefts spate

By Paul James in Crime

POLICE probing as many as 50 thefts from cars in Newton Abbot over the last two months have made ‘significant arrests,’ it was revealed today.

The town’s motorists have taken a hammering from smash and grab attacks and attempted car and van break-ins since April.

A police spokesman revealed this morning that two men from Newton Abbot - one in his 20s and the other in his 30s - had been detained over the last few days in connection with auto-crime-linked incidents in the town.

He confirmed that the older man had been arrested locally on Friday.

The younger man, believed to be originally from outside the area, had given himself up to officers in the early hours of yesterday.

The spokesman said both men had been charged in relation to the run of thefts and attempted thefts from vehicles.

One had been due in court over the weekend while the other was expected to appear before Torbay magistrates today.

He added that five further auto-crime matters had been reported to officers over the weekend, some of them historical.

He still urged motorists to be careful about leaving valuables on display in their vehicles.

‘Our inquiries into these matters are still very much active. We would ask people to remain vigilant and contact us immediately with any information they may have,’ he said.

Police can be contacted on 101 or Crimestopppers on 0800 555111.