Flying Squad targets audacious thieves

Detectives have issued images of four men they wish to identify in relation to a series of audacious targeted thefts where more than half a million pounds worth of goods were stolen from more than a dozen courier vans across London.

The thieves used hydraulic and cutting equipment to remove the doors from 13 vans at various locations all over London between Friday, 20 September 2019 and Monday, 9 December 2019.

Detectives from the Met’s Flying Squad are investigating and have carried out a number of enquiries, including extensively reviewing CCTV. This has resulted in officers identifying four men that they wish to locate. All four are known to have Irish accents.

Detective Constable Shona Wilkinson said: “These audacious attacks took place in broad daylight in busy streets and locations across London. These offences have been carried out by a highly organised team who used various vehicles and high powered tools to carry out the thefts.

“We are keen speak to the four men in the photographs we have released in connection with the investigation. If you have any information about any of the men, I would implore you to do the right thing and contact us as a matter of urgency, or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Flying Squad East on 020 8345 4226 or police on 101 quoting Operation Chaplin. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Locations of offences
1 – Friday, 20 September in Wood Green Mall, N22
2 – Tuesday, 1 October in Edmonton Green Centre, N9
3 – Wednesday, 2 October in Creton Street, SE18
4 – Friday, 4 October in North Mall, N9
5 – Friday, 4 October in Partridge Way, N22
6 – Tuesday, 8 October in Kenneth Moore Road, IG1
7 – Thursday, 10 October in Great Eastern Road, E15
8 – Friday, 11 October in Triro Road, E17
9 – Monday, 14 October in Kingsland High Street, E8
10 – Tuesday, 15 October in Station Street, E15
11 – Thursday, 5 December in High Street, E17
12 – Friday, 6 December in Romford Shopping Centre, RM1
13 – Monday, 9 December in Southbury Avenue, EN1

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