Five arrested after BMW stolen in West London found with blue lights to imitate police

Five men were arrested after a BMW was stolen in West London and suspected to have been used to carry other suspected stolen goods.

The vehicle also had blue lights in the front of the dash to imitate police.

Ealing Police saw the “suspect vehicle” on Thursday January 13 at around 6pm in Greenford.

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The vehicle failed to stop for the officers, triggering a pursuit.

The people in the car got out in Wakeling Lane, Wembley, and five men were arrested with the help of the National Police Air Service and the Met’s Dog units.

It was established that the vehicle had been stolen and a further search found the imitation police lights as well as tools and multiple catalytic converters, which police believe were stolen from victim’s vehicles.

The arrests were part of an operation tackling catalytic converter thefts across the West Area of London which saw officers engage in patrols and targeted intelligence-led work.

A total of 11 men were arrested between January 12 and 13 in Operation Sandcat.

All of the suspects were arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, theft of a motor vehicle, theft, aggravated vehicle taking, impersonating a police officer, going equipped to steal and failing to stop for police.

Those arrested were between the ages of 18 and 30.

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Three further arrests were made by the by the Met Interceptors for suspicion of robbery and fraud.

More arrests were made by Thames Valley Police for aggravated burglary.

Inspector Owens, West Area Command said: “This crime type is a problem for the community. We are extremely pleased with the result of our operation.”

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