Tweet leads to the recovery of stolen car

A woman's tweet to police about a suspicious car in Stafford has helped them recover a stolen vehicle.

She noticed the blue Audi A3 S3 parked near the cricket ground access road off Riverway with its boot propped open on Tuesday, so sent a photo of it to Staffordshire Police through the social media site.

Details were passed to the force’s control room, initial checks found the car was displaying false registration plates which had been stolen from a similar car (a grey Audi) in Gnosall on Thursday 20 October and it had also been involved in a petrol station drive-off. 

An officer was dispatched to investigate further and was able to establish that the car was in fact reported stolen from Rugeley on 26 September, and then underwent a detailed forensic examination.

The owner of the car has been informed and is delighted they will be getting their car back.

Dave Fynn, Control Room Manager, said: "Thanks to a vigilant member of the public alerting us to the presence of this car we will be able to reunite it with its rightful owner.

"Ordinarily we don't take reports via social media, but on this occasion a quick check confirmed that the car was suspicious and allowed us to take prompt action to secure it.

"This highlights the importance of informing the police of anything suspicious. That way we can carry out checks and pass information to local officers to take action where necessary.

"If you see something suspicious please report your concerns by calling police on 101."



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