A 16-year-old boy was arrested today (Tuesday, July 24) on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.
Police were called to Sackville Way, Broadwater in the early hours following reports of five stolen Nissan cars being driven at high speeds and then crashed or abandoned.
Officers pursued one of the stolen cars as it was driving through Durrington. It was eventually stopped on Ivydore Avenue at the junction with the A27 at around 2.10am. One of the occupants fled the scene and the other was arrested.
Detective Sergeant Chris Leech from West Sussex CID said: “It appears that a spate of thefts of Nissan cars has started again and we would appeal to anyone who has any information that could help us with our enquiries to please come forward.
“This is very distressing for car owners to wake up and discover their cars are gone or worse still, to be told that they have been found burnt out.
“Officers will be continuing with house to house enquiries, forensic examinations and viewing CCTV. We need the input of the local community to help us put a stop to this mindless criminality. You can leave information anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or call 101 quoting serial 97 of 24/7. If you hear or see any suspicious activity in your area please dial 999 immediately.”
The Nissan cars were stolen from Mendip Road and Sackville Road. One of the cars is still outstanding, one was crashed and recovered, one abandoned and recovered and one pursued and caught.
The 16-year-old boy remains in custody for questioning.