Stolen VW traced by patrol officers to Birmingham street

Three men have been arrested after police traced a stolen car to a city street. A Volkswagen Passat had been reported stolen from Woodlands Street, in Smethwick, on Thursday, July 4.

Patrol officers from West Midlands Police spotted the vehicle and traced it to Clarence Road, in Handsworth, yesterday, Saturday, July 6. Three men, aged 20, 21, 23, were held over the alleged theft.

The trio remain in custody. Police inquiries continue.

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In a statement, police said: "We have arrested three men after tracing a vehicle stolen from Smethwick this week. We were alerted to a Volkswagen Passat being taken from Woodlands Street on Thursday (4 July).

"Officers on patrol yesterday spotted the stolen vehicle and it was stopped in Clarence Road, Handsworth. Three men were arrested from the car on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle. The men, aged, 23, 21, and 20, remain in custody for questioning.

"We’re carrying out forensic examinations and will then return the car to the rightful owner. Vehicle crime is a force priority for West Midlands Police, and we are committed to disrupting vehicle crime in our areas and bringing offenders who play a part in it to justice."

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