Three arrests after pensioner’s new car full of Christmas presents stolen from Bluewater

PUBLISHED: 13:49 30 November 2016



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The car was stolen on November 15

Three men have been arrested after driving a stolen car back to the scene of an alleged crime.

Earlier this month, an 81-year-old man had his car full of Christmas presents stolen from Bluewater Shopping Centre in Greenhithe.

Two men tricked their victim out of his new car, before one climbed in and sped away.

On Sunday afternoon, a vehicle entering Bluewater came to the attention of Kent Police.

Following a pursuit, which ended in Green Street Green Road, Dartford, three men from London were arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.

The men, all of whom are from London, are aged 27, 32 and 43.

Insp Gary Woodward said: “Distraction thefts which target elderly and vulnerable people are particularly callous and Kent Police works hard to bring those responsible to justice.

“I would advise people to be cautious and on their guard when approached by strangers and to keep all personal belongings with them at all times.’

“Officers have bailed the 27-year-old and 32-year-old until February 21, along with the 43-year-old who has been bailed until February 22.

Anyone with information about the incident can call Kent Police on 01474 366149 quoting reference XY/45719/16.

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