Police raid uncovers stash of stolen car parts in Birmingham

Police raid uncovers stash of stolen car parts in Birmingham

AN INVESTIGATION and joint raid by West Mercia and West Midlands Police has uncovered a stash of stolen car parts at a site in Sparkhill, Birmingham.

Officers from Redditch Police Station were informed of a BMW being stolen in Wythall, Bromsgrove. An investigation was launched, during which the owner of the vehicle spotted his car’s wheels for sale online.

The officers from West Mercia Police leading the investigation traced the online sale listing for the wheels to a property in Sparkhill. Upon obtaining a warrant to raid the premises, they found out that West Midlands Police were also investigating the site following concerns raised by members of the public.

Members of each of the two forces teamed up to conduct a joint raid on the site on Thursday, February 15. When they made their way inside the property, they discovered a number of stolen car parts from high-value performance vehicles, including exhausts, doors, boot lids, suspension units and subframes. No arrests have been made yet.

PC Chris Woolman from Redditch Police Station commented: ‘This was an excellent example of us working together with another force to uncover what appears to be a significant criminal operation.

‘So far, car parts from 14 different vehicles have been identified. These were stolen from across the West Mercia, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Staffordshire policing areas. It is likely that they were all stolen to order.’

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