A man from Beeston is among six who are due to appear in court today (6 March 2023) charged in connection with an investigation into the organised theft of Range Rovers, Land Rovers and Mercedes Sprinter vans across West Yorkshire.
It follows an investigation by officers from Leeds District Intelligence Unit into a series of keyless thefts in the Leeds, Dewsbury and Wakefield areas that led to warrants being executed at two suspected ‘chop shop’ premises in Armley and Dewsbury where vehicles were found in various stages of dismantlement.
A total of 17 Range Rovers and Land Rovers and four Mercedes Sprinter vans were identified as being stolen in a conspiracy with an estimated value of around £1 million.
Adrian Stewart, aged 34, of Clovelly Grove, Beeston; Peter Hoyle, aged 37, of Beckhill Grove, Meanwood; Andrew Oldroyd, aged 48, of Wood Lane, Rothwell; Sam Oliver, aged 33, of Fifth Avenue, Rothwell; Edgars Uzulins, aged 32, of Baileys Crescent, Seacroft, have all been charged by postal requisition with conspiracy to steal motor vehicles between September 20 2022, and November 29 2022.
James Hemingway, aged 49, of Wood Drive, Rothwell, has been charged with perverting the course of justice as part of the investigation.
All six men are due to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court this afternoon.
This post is based on a press release issued by West Yorkshire Police
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