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Officers swoop in dawn raids across Manchester in vehicle theft operation

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Three stolen cars have been recovered in an operation by British Transport Police. 

Officers conducted dawn raids in and around Greater Manchester on Wednesday, 17 January, as part of a vehicle theft investigation.

A total of 30 officers descended on properties in the Radcliffe and Bury areas of Greater Manchester, as well as a commercial property in central Manchester. 

Two men, aged 21 and 24 were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal motor vehicles. They have been released under investigation.

Operation Sandstorm is the culmination of a three month investigation by BTP into the theft of vehicles from Network Rail premises.

Detective Constable Marcus Haigh, of British Transport Police, said: “With two search warrants executed simultaneously at properties in Radcliffe and central Manchester, this was a very successful operation.

“I hope this operation sends a clear message to individuals engaging in criminal acts that it is only a matter of time before we track you down and bring you before the courts.”

Officers are still looking to trace a stolen vehicle to return it to its rightful owner - a grey Vauxhall Zafira Tourer design, registration DL66 UWS 

Its last known location was on the M66 Manchester bound heading towards Simister island on Monday 18 September 2017.

If you have any information please call 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting ref 181 of 16/01/18.
 

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