Three arrested in connection with car thefts in North Dorset

THREE people have been arrested in connection with the theft of vehicles in Sturminster Newton and Shaftesbury.

The thefts occurred on June 10 and members of Dorset Police’s Rural Crime Team have been investigating.

On Tuesday (June 18), a police spokesperson confirmed a third person – a 28-year-old from Wincanton – had been arrested in connection with the thefts.

“Later that evening, officers from the team identified a unit connected to the male,” they added.

“Desperate to find the vehicles, they attended a unit in Wiltshire and located both the vehicles that had been stolen from Sturminster Newton and Shaftesbury on June 10.

“Unfortunately, the vehicles were in no condition to be returned to the owners. We did find a number of other stolen vehicles as well as parts.

“The male has been bailed with conditions not to enter Dorset while officers continue to investigate.”

The arrest came after two people were arrest in connection with the theft of two Fiat Abarths on June 10.

“At around 2.10pm on Thursday, June 13, officers stopped a vehicle on the A350 at Charlton Marshall,” a police spokesperson said.

“The occupants of the vehicle – a 30-year-old man from North Dorset and a 41-year-old woman from Wincanton – were arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle in relation to the two incidents.

“A vehicle was also seized as part of the investigation.”

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