TEN people have been charged following an investigation into a car theft gang believed to be responsible for crimes across the south coast, from Seaford to Worthing.
The intelligence-led investigation targeted suspects based in east Brighton, in relation to at least 12 thefts of cars, ten burglaries – in nine of which cars were stolen, some by theft of keys, nine thefts from vehicles, and two offences of possessing property suspected to come from crime, all during the past four months.
This has been a complex investigation which is continuing, and involves the use of sophisticated intelligence gathering techniquesDetective Inspector Julie Wakeford
Detective Inspector Julie Wakeford said: “This has been a complex investigation which is continuing and involves the use of sophisticated intelligence gathering techniques.
“Car theft is not endemic in this area, but it can have a serious impact on victims. We are determined to ensure we take every opportunity to disrupt this type of crime.
“We worked alongside our colleagues in the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit during the investigation and will continue to join our efforts in order to tackle any organised crime groups who operate in Brighton.”
On Monday and Tuesday, officers from the Brighton Organised Crime Investigation Team made the arrests on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary and to handle stolen goods.