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Two men have appeared in court as part of an investigation into keyless car thefts.

Officers from the Kent Crime Squad stopped a vehicle on the M25 north of London on the evening of Wednesday 19 April 2023 and two men and a woman were arrested.

A short time later, officers went to a property in Eltham, south-east London and another man was arrested.


A 44-year-old man from Eltham, and 26-year-old from Hull, have since been charged with conspiring to steal motor vehicles.

The charge relates to the theft of cars in FolkestoneMaidstoneTonbridge and Gravesend in Kent, as well as offences in Essex and Hertfordshire. The offences took place between Thursday 23 March and Saturday 15 April 2023.

Both suspects appeared before Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Friday 21 April and were remanded in custody to appear before Canterbury Crown Court on Monday 22 May.

The other two people arrested have been bailed pending further enquiries.

By Ed

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