Police raided two car theft operations in Mt D’Or and Maracas/St Joseph on Monday evening, arresting five men and recovering eight stolen vehicles. The exercise, conducted by detectives of the St Joseph CID led by ASP Hosein, began at 5 pm and ended almost five hours later. During the exercise, they searched an auto body shop in Mt D’Or and found three men scrapping four vehicles. The officers interrogated the suspects and inspected the vehicles, which they discovered were stolen.
Detectives arrested the three suspects and impounded the stolen vehicles. Police believe the trio had been scrapping the vehicles and selling the parts to unscrupulous car part dealers. An hour later the same group of officers went to Acono Road, Maracas/St Joseph, and recovered four more stolen vehicles. Two men, who reside at the property where the vehicles were recovered, were arrested. All five suspected car thieves remained detained at the St Joseph Police Station up to late yesterday.
Police said both locations had been under surveillance for some time. Investigators said the stolen vehicles were four Nissan B15s, three Nissan B13s and a Mazda 6. The vehicles were recently stolen from Gulf City Mall car park in La Romaine, the car park at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, and from Maracas Bay.
The five suspects are expected to be placed on identification parades this weekend after which they would be charged, police said. Investigators said some of the suspects have previous convictions for motor car theft and for receiving stolen vehicles and parts. Insp Mark Maharaj, Sgt Katwaroo and officers of the Stolen Vehicles Squad were also involved in the exercise.