The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Spate of car thefts sparks ma­jor in­quiry by po­lice

Un­prece­dented act as four pres­tige ve­hi­cles stolen in just one night

- BY KIERAN BEAT­TIE Crime · Elizabeth II · Audi · Audi A4 · Audi Q7 · BMW X3 · BMW · BMW X5

A ma­jor hunt has been launched af­ter the “out of the or­di­nary” theft of four high-end cars across Aberdeen and Aberdeen­shire.

The cars were stolen in a mat­ter of hours and de­tec­tives have not ruled out that they may all have been taken by the same in­di­vid­u­als.

The ve­hi­cles, two Audis and two BMWs, were taken from Brick­field Road and River­side Drive in Stone­haven and from Queen’s Road and Mill­tim­ber in Aberdeen.

They are said to have been stolen be­tween 7pm on Wed­nes­day evening and the early hours of Thurs­day morn­ing.

Lo­cal com­mu­nity polic­ing teams from Stone­haven and Aberdeen, sup­ported by foren­sics and CID of­fi­cers, are spend­ing “a great deal of valu­able po­lice re­sources” at­tempt­ing to find the cars.

P o l i c e h a v e a l s o re­minded the pub­lic of how im­por­tant it is to make sure their ve­hi­cles and homes are se­cure af­ter it emerged the four cars were stolen be­cause their keys were kept close to un­locked doors at home.

One of the ve­hi­cles, a black Audi A4, was taken af­ter its owner left his key in the ig­ni­tion when he vis­ited a Chi­nese take­away on Brick­field Road in Stone­haven to pick up a meal for his poorly mother.

He said: “Stone­haven is not the kind of place you would ex­pect to see crime like this. It is like some­thing out of Grand Theft Auto.”

In­spec­tor Chris Kerr said the pub­lic had to play their part in mak­ing it more dif­fi­cult for crim­i­nals. He said: “These thefts have ob­vi­ously caused a great deal of an­guish and in­con­ve­nience for the own­ers and we have a num­ber of po­lice re­sources work­ing on these cases.

“I must stress the pub­lic can greatly re­duce their chances of be­com­ing the vic­tim of a crime by lock­ing their ve­hi­cles and se­cur­ing their homes.”

Insp Kerr said it is not yet known if all four of the thefts are linked but that col­leagues were “keep­ing an open mind”.

When asked if the four in­ci­dents are re­lated to any in­crease or de­crease in sim­i­lar crime, Insp Kerr said: “This is out of the or­di­nary. I can’t say this forms part of a pat­tern”.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the stolen cars – a blue Audi Q7, a black BMW X3, a white BMW X5 and a black Audi A4 – should phone the po­lice on 101 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

“It is like some­thing out of Grand Theft Auto”

 ?? Pho­to­graph by Heather Fowlie ?? AP­PEAL: Lock your cars, urges In­spec­tor Chris Kerr.
Pho­to­graph by Heather Fowlie AP­PEAL: Lock your cars, urges In­spec­tor Chris Kerr.
 ??  ?? BMW X3 reg­is­tered SV66 ZLO
BMW X3 reg­is­tered SV66 ZLO
 ??  ?? Audi A4 Avant reg­is­tered SK61 UHN
Audi A4 Avant reg­is­tered SK61 UHN
 ??  ?? Audi Q7 reg­is­tered M11BDY
Audi Q7 reg­is­tered M11BDY
 ??  ?? BMW X5 reg­is­tered LG61 ZMY
BMW X5 reg­is­tered LG61 ZMY

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