UK Caught in the act - car thieves filmed taking £30,000 Merc, but police were 'too busy' to pick up CCTV last minute news
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Breaking News ! Caught on camera, two thieves use a transmitter and amplifier pressed against a porch window to steal a £30,000 car in 60 seconds. They were captured on film in Whitefield, Bury, which has been hammered by car thieves in recent weeks. The same pair are also believed to have been casing other homes for potential target cars in streets nearby - and were caught on footage there too. But when Anthony Harris, the owner of the stolen white and black convertable Mercedes, alerted police to the high quality footage he had of the criminals he was told they were too busy to view it. The vehicle was stolen from the driveway of his home in Fairhaven Avenue at 4.18am yesterday. He spoke to the M.E.N and after we asked police why they had not collected the footage they arrived at his home two hours later. Mr Harris, 67, said: "The most frustrating thing is that I phoned the police, said that we had CCTV, which showed their faces, but they said they were too busy to look at it. A criminal opens the door of Mr Anthony Harris's Mercedes during a 60 second theft in Whitefield. "They suggested I put on social media and let them know if I got any feedback. I realise the police are pulled out with COVID but when the footage is so clear surely they should be interested. "The most ridiculous thing is that it was GMP who urged us to get CCTV after my wife's Ranger Rover and my previous Mercedes were stolen in the same night three years ago." "Thank God no one was hurt and it is only a car that has gone." The two and a half year old Mercedes convertible is still missing. It is white with a black roof and a personalised number plate. Sign up to the free MEN email newsletter Get the latest updates from across Greater Manchester direct to your inbox with the free MEN newsletter You can sign up very simply by following the instructions here The Whitefield area has become a target for professional car thieves. At the end of August two Audis were stolen less than a mile away from Mr Harris' home and attempts were made to steal two more. Mr Harris said: "When the police did come round they said the 999 call handler who I spoke to had no right to say put it on social media or that they wouldn't attend.
One of the thieves using an amplifier against the porch window during the theft of Mr Anthony Harris's £30,000 car in Whitefield.
"From CCTV footage that neighbours got the same thieves were trying cars on the same night on Ferndale Avenue." His car was stolen using a "transmitter relay" method. One criminal stands by the car with a transmitter while the second waves an amplifier near the house where the car is parked outside. If the car's fob is close enough the amplifier will detect its signal - through doors, walls, and windows, amplifying it and sending it to the accomplice's transmitter.
Thieves stealing the £30,000 Mercedes from the driveway of Mr Anthony Harris's home in Whitefield. Police were initially too busy to collect the footage.
The transmitter then effectively becomes the key 'tricking' the car into thinking the real key is nearby. Thieves are able to open the car, push the start button, then driveway. As reported in the MEN since June 1st this year 800 cars that were stolen in Greater Manchester have vanished. They are thought to have been stripped for parts in chop shops or dispatched abroad in shipping containers. Asked to comment on the force's initial response to the theft of Mr Harris's car, Greater Manchester Police said in statement:"Shortly before 9.20am yesterday (15 September 2020), officers were called to a report of a theft of a motor vehicle from outside an address on Fairhaven Avenue in Whitefield.
"It is believed that two men stole a white Mercedes E300 vehicle at around 4am without keys and made off from the scene. "Officers attended and are following a number of lines enquiry including CCTV checks. "An investigation is on-going and anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 812 of 15/09/20 or email BurySouth@gmp.police.uk. "Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."