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Car thieves in Nottinghamshire strike in distraction burglaries by stealing keys after knocking the door

Three suspects have been arrested after police responded to a distraction burglary.

Officers were called to Alcock Avenue, Mansfield, around 9.05 pm yesterday (15 May) after a woman reported her husband’s car had been stolen.

The victim had been distracted by a woman knocking on her front door before realising another offender had entered the rear of the property and stolen a set of car keys.

Officers on patrol in the area were alerted to the break-in and within minutes had spotted the stolen vehicle travelling towards Rainworth.

The car was followed and stopped at a nearby petrol station in Southwell Road West.

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Three suspects inside the vehicle were detained and officers found screwdrivers, cannabis, cash and keys during searches.

A 34-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of burglary, driving while disqualified, driving while unfit through drugs and possession of a Class B drug.

A second woman, also 34, and a 52-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Detective Sergeant Matt Dumbrell, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“Officers on patrol last night worked quickly and efficiently to trace this stolen car within minutes of the burglary being reported.

“They should also be commended for pulling over the vehicle safely and detaining three suspects.

“It is always pleasing when we can recover a stolen car so rapidly and return the vehicle to its owner.

“We understand the impact any home break-in can have on victims. No one should have to worry about being distracted on their doorstep while burglars rifle through their belongings.

“Although we have made three arrests, our inquiries are ongoing and I would urge anyone with information relating to this incident to please come forward.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident number 755 of 15 May, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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