Post link 23 September 2015, 18:13
Stolen British cars worth more than £1 million have been traced by police to Uganda.

By Ross McGuinness | Yahoo News – Tue, Sep 22, 2015

Detectives made the discovery when hunting down a £50,000 Lexus RX450h SUV stolen in London that was fitted with a tracking device.
Using a smartphone app that was connected to the tracker, the National Crime Agency followed the car to Kampala, Uganda, 6,000 miles away.
But when officers arrived there, they discovered the car beside 28 other vehicles that had been stolen in the UK by the same gang.

The thieves used reprogrammed keys to steal the cars, which come with keyless ignition.

Anti-fraud investigators APU assisted police officers with the investigation, providing the technology needed to trace the stolen vehicles.
The stolen Lexus was taken in April and tracked through France and then the Suez Canal to Oman, before it was shipped to Kenya and driven into Uganda in a steel container.

National Crime Agency regional manager Paul Stanfield said: “This investigation is an excellent example of the close co-operation between the UK National Crime Agency, National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NVCIS), Interpol and APU to tackle the increasing threat from organised vehicle crime.

“Working with the police and security services in Kenya and Uganda, we have been able to dismantle an international criminal network that has been responsible for stealing high-value cars from the UK and exporting them to East Africa.”

The stolen cars, including Range Rovers, BMWs and Audis, are being shipped back to the UK.

(Pictures: South West News Service)

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