Published On: Thu, Apr 24th, 2014 on 1:33 pm

Crackdown on 4×4 vehicle part thieves across West Yorkshire

Car Part Thief

Over the last month, 14 people have been arrested in a countywide operation to tackle the theft of 4×4 vehicle parts.

Through ‘Operation Emporia’, special task force officers from West Yorkshire Police have executed warrants and searched nine premises in Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield, leading to the recovery of two stolen vehicles and a number of stolen parts from Range Rover cars.

The operation was set up to combat an emerging issue with 4×4 vehicles being targeted by thieves, particularly for LED headlights but also doors, mirrors, bonnets, wheels clusters and grills.

Chief Inspector Steve Thomas, force lead for the operation, said: “Operation Emporia is a coordinated force response to an identified emerging crime type with 4×4 vehicles being targeted by thieves.

“The activity over the past few weeks shows how seriously we are taking this issue and we will continue to utilise a number of tactics to tackle this offending head-on.”

Officers have been working closely with manufacturers and have stopped certain vehicles fitted with LED headlights to ensure they are legitimate.

Chief Inspector Thomas added: “I want to reassure drivers of Land Rovers or Range Rovers fitted with LED headlights that if they are stopped by the police it is part of our work to protect their vehicles and would look for their support.”

Owners of 4×4 vehicles who have bought second-hand LED lights have been urged to take caution. Those who are found to have stolen parts fitted could face prosecution.

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