Three suspected cross-border criminals were stopped in their tracks after a proactive police stop on the M1.
Nottinghamshire Police received a report that a man was robbed of his mobile phone after arranging to sell it and meet the buyer in Radford.
Two men and a woman arrived in a car to meet the victim in Dorket Drive. One of the men snatched his phone and the suspects then drove off without paying.
The victim tried to hold on to the car as it was driven away but had to let go as it sped up and fell to the ground. He suffered leg injuries and pain to his rib.
The robbery happened around midday on Wednesday (5 January 2022).
Officers on patrol later spotted the car believed to have been involved in the incident heading northbound on the M1.
They stopped it near junction 28, searched the car and arrested three occupants. The vehicle was subsequently seized while enquiries continue.
Mobile phones were recovered along with a watch suspected as being stolen from an address in Leicestershire and which was being worn by one of the male suspects.
A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of robbery and theft, a 19-year-old man on suspicion of robbery and a 26-year-old woman on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery.
Detective Sergeant Franco Guddemi, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “All reports of robbery and theft are treated seriously by the force and, as this example shows, we will continue to do everything in our power to target and catch criminals relying on our road network to commit offences.
“I am pleased that three people were swiftly arrested following some good police work and I’d like to reassure people that we will always investigate reports, strive to put suspects before the courts and seek justice for victims.”