A Ferrari, Range Rover stolen from 2 premier league footballers found in shipping Containers enroute To Dubai, UAE.
According to SVIU, once a car is stolen, thieves may look to quickly sell it in UK for way under the market value.
Stolen cars are also shipped to Middle East and Africa, where they are sold for three times more than they would cost in UK.
Essex Police Stolen Vehicle Intelligence Unit (SVIU) have tracked down and returned two stolen ultra-luxury cars to two unnamed Premier League footballers.
The stolen vehicles, a Ferrari Roma and Range Rover Sport, were located in shipping containers scheduled to travel to Dubai, in United Arab Emirates (UAE) from London Gateway Port in Thurrock.
SVIU said the Ferrari and Range Rover Sport are among the 517 vehicles or parts of vehicles – with a combined value of more than £16m – that has been recovered so far by the unit in 2023.
According to SVIU, once a car is stolen, thieves may look to quickly sell it for way under the market value or ship it to areas like the Middle East and Africa, where they are sold for two or three times more than they would cost in the UK.
The SVIU’s PC Paul Gerrish said one the best parts of the job is returning a vehicle to someone who didn’t expect to see it again.
“Every stolen car is important to us and we work as hard as we can to get them back to their owners. When you phone someone up and tell them we’ve got their car with their kids’ car seats and the pushchair in the back, or other personal items, it’s hugely satisfying.
“We are creating a hostile environment for car thieves. We know what to look for and we know how and where they operate.”
PC Phil Pentelow said one of the footballers, who came to the team’s base to pick his recovered car, praised the SVIU’s work.
“He was genuinely thankful and taken aback by the lengths we had gone to. His car was clearly very dear to him, and he was very impressed with the service he’d had from the police.
“Even though he plays for one of my team’s biggest rivals, he was a nice guy and down-to-earth. It was good to help him.”