Five Leeds men have been arrested and seven vehicles seized in a raid on a workshop in Sherburn-in-Elmet.
Officers working on Operation Hawk, North Yorkshire Police’s campaign to cut rural and cross-border crime - swooped on a large industrial unit on Sir John’s Lane on September 3 at 3pm after hearing suspicious noises.
A spokesman said one man was arrested inside the unit and after a short pursuit on foot, they detained three others. A fifth man was arrested the following day.
“The workshop contained ten vehicles, and numerous vehicle parts,” said the spokesman.
“Six suspected stolen vehicles including two Volkswagen Golfs, an Audi A4, a Citroen Berlingo, a Peugeot 308, and a Ford Transit van have been seized by the police as part of the investigation. A quad bike was also seized.
“The arrested men are all from the Leeds area and are aged 31, 34, 44 and two aged 22.”
They were detained in police custody for questioning and were released on conditional bail to allow for further enquiries.
Acting Assistant Chief Constable Ken McIntosh who leads Operation Hawk, said: “This was an excellent piece of police work which has resulted in the disruption of a suspected criminal conspiracy to steal cars.
“Operation Hawk continues to deliver on its promises to the people of North Yorkshire to disrupt and deter cross-border crime, sending a clear message to criminals of the consequences of committing crime in our county.”
The scheme was launched in July in a bid to crack down on travelling criminals who prey on rural communities.
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