Two arrests in car theft crackdown

PUBLISHED: 16:26 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:58 25 August 2010

TWO men accused of being part of a car theft ring have been remanded in custody.

TWO men accused of being part of a car theft ring have been remanded in custody.

Perry Brown, 22, of Constable Mews, Bromley, was charged with conspiracy to burgle and Jamie Webb, 26, of Hurst Road, Sidcup, is charged with conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to handle stolen goods.

Both men were remanded at Bromley Magistrates Court last Wednesday pending a September 21 hearing.

A ringing network is thought to be behind burglaries in Bromley where car keys are taken and the car is stolen from driveways.

Some 50 stolen cars, including Aston Martins and Mercedes, were recovered in the lead up to the operation. The majority were no more than a year old and were taken as the owner slept in their home.

It is believed the cars were later sold on for less than the market price to innocent buyers.

Officers arrested 13 people during raids last Tuesday.

Detective superintendent Martin Huxley, who co-ordinated the operation from Bromley, said: "We saw a concerning increase in this style of burglary. It was particularly worrying because the victims were at home when the burglary happened."

Two other men, Freddie Webb, 24, of Swanley Lane, Swanley, and Jason Webb, 22, of Milborough Crescent, Hither Green, were also remanded in custody charged with conspiracy to burgle. Four more men and four women arrested during the raids have been bailed to return to Bromley police station on dates between September 9 and 21.

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