Police tracking a stolen BMW stumbled upon THIRTEEN robbed vehicles and 1.6 tonnes of a cocaine cutting agent hidden inside a Bootle warehouse.
Detectives discovered some of them had been broken down into parts near to the huge haul of a white powder inside the compound on Strand Road.
The discovery was made after detectives executed a warrant in the area after tracing a stolen BMW to the building.
The car was taken in a burglary on Monday, July 24 but was traced to the compound where other vehicles were found.
Officers found a rally-type racing vehicle, which was also suspected as being stolen and a quantity of what is believed to be adulterant – which is used as a cutting agent for Class A drugs such as heroin and cocaine.
Enquiries at the scene led officers to a second unit on the compound in which they recovered vehicles including:
- A stolen VW Passat on false plates
- A stolen Vauxhall Meriva on false plates
- A stolen Pioneer Camper Van on false plates
- A stolen Honda Civic that had been stripped
- Parts of a stolen Ford Fiesta
- Parts of a stolen Yamaha Motorcycle
An investigation into the recoveries remains ongoing.
Detective Inspector Robbie Moss said: “As a result of great investigative work we were able to trace the BMW to the compound and further investigations revealed a number of cars and car parts which we believe to be stolen.
“We recognise the impact having a car stolen has on people. It’s not just the expense of replacing them and paying insurance premiums but also the general day-today inconvenience of not having a car for any period of time.
“We are continuing to work to tackle the problem. Officers have worked alongside analysts to look at hotspot areas for this type of crime across the force and will direct resources accordingly.
“As well as working with partner agencies, to tackle this type of crime – for example improving street lighting, we regularly carry out roads policing operations, whereby we stop cars and check ownership details. Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) is also employed to help officers to detect, deter and disrupt this type of criminality.
“Our neighbourhood teams are also continually working to ensure that safety messages are being reinforced with residents about ensuring their vehicles are safe such as parking in a well-lit area and keeping keys away from letter boxes.”
Merseyside Police would urge anyone who has any intelligence on anyone involved in this type of crime to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or anyone who would like crime prevention advice can contact 101.