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Early birds caught by cops after Toyota Prius is stolen off a driveway in Bolton

Three men aged 36, 36 and 34 were arrested on suspicion of robbery this morning (Sunday 11 February 2024) after they stole a Toyota Prius off a driveway on Waterside Gardens in Bolton.

Greater Manchester Police received a call from the victim to say his keys had been stolen and three men had returned and were subsequently trying to steal his car.

Response officers from Bolton quickly identified the stolen vehicle as it made its way towards the Town centre.

A short time later, the car was stopped and the three men on board were detained and heading to custody where they currently remain.

A fourth man, who was later identified to have been involved in this incident was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

Inspector Wayne Warner from GMP's Bolton division said: “I am really happy to be able to give the victim of this crime the keys back to his car. Vehicle crime is one of Bolton’s biggest areas of concern and we are doing all we can to try and eradicate this from the Town.

“The force has a number of ongoing operations to stop thieves in their tracks and progress is being made across the whole of Greater Manchester.

“If you have a keyless entry car, please keep your keys in your property and well away from your parking space, consider purchasing a Faraday Pouch or steering wheel lock – which is proven to be a brilliant deterrent. I'd also encourage those with garages to use them."

GMP is encouraging owners to take a few minutes to review keys tips on how to keep your vehicle safe by clicking this link: Keeping vehicles safe | Crime prevention | Greater Manchester Police (gmp.police.uk)

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