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Man arrested as he tries to flee UK after mobile phone theft

A suspected thief was arrested as he tried to leave the country.

Officers were hunting an Audi A3 used as a getaway car following the theft of a £1,599 mobile phone from Curry’s, at Northgate Retail Park in Newark, on 24 March.

Border Force officials and Kent Police stopped the vehicle for having no insurance on Tuesday (5 April 2022).

The driver was arrested after checks linked the car to the theft at Curry’s.

The 20-year-old man was taken into custody and transferred to Nottinghamshire Police for questioning. He has since been released under investigation while enquires continue.

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Detective Inspector Nick Hall said: “Shop thefts of this nature can have a really serious impact even on the biggest businesses and we are working hard every day to tackle them.

“Part of that work is focussed on tracking down suspects and we are grateful to Kent Police and Border Force officers for their assistance in apprehending the suspect.

“We work very closely and proactively with our partners and border agencies to tackle all forms of crime, as this arrest clearly demonstrates.”

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