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Tracker helps police recover stolen BMW

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Hampshire police have recovered a stolen BMW M5, thanks to Tracker, and helped them put a stop to a spate of car thefts in the area.

A Hampshire resident's BMW M5 was stolen using the keys, but luckily for the owner they had a Tracker system installed.

Local police were alerted to the theft and found a stolen Lexus GS300 parked outside the victim's property. This vehicle had been taken in a similar burglary in Bracknell, a few days before. Intelligence also suggested that the Lexus had been seen with a stolen Mercedes-Benz a couple of days earlier.

Once the Tracker unit was activated, the silent radio signal led police to a small vehicle workshop unit in the Basingstoke area. The police found the missing BMW and uncovered a cutting shop, where the thieves were harvesting parts from various stolen vehicles.

A further search of the workshop revealed a Peugeot Bipper and Vauxhall Vivaro, which had both been stolen from the Reading area in the last 12 months. The BMW was recovered and police made two arrests.

"Thanks to the stolen BMW being fitted with a Tracker unit we were led straight to this criminal workshop, allowing us to recover the vehicle and break up this organised crime group," said a spokesman for Hampshire Police. "These criminals were responsible for a rash of vehicle thefts across Hampshire and now we are bringing them to justice. This sends a clear message to thieves, as it's only so long before they steal a vehicle that will help us find them and disrupt their operation."

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