Man arrested after car stolen during prospective sale outside Totton home
A MAN has been arrested after a car was stolen while being viewed for sale outside a Totton home.
The theft took place as a prospective buyer was looking at the Volkswagen Golf at an address in Maple Gardens just before 9pm yesterday (Tuesday).
After the owner started the engine at the viewer’s request, the vehicle was stolen from the property.
Hampshire police’s armed response vehicles (ARV) unit responded to the incident, along with response and patrol officers.
They spotted a silver BMW which had been seen following the stolen vehicle after the offender fled the scene.
Having tracked it to the registered owner’s home address, they found both vehicles parked outside and detained a 20-year-old man from Southampton on suspicion of taking a motor vehicle without consent. He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
A force spokesperson said: “A vehicle was up for sale and was being viewed by a prospective buyer.
“They’d asked the owner to start the engine and it was at this point that the vehicle was stolen from the property.
“Officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s ARV unit, supported by response and patrol officers, located a silver BMW which was seen following the stolen vehicle after fleeing the scene.
“They took a proactive approach and attended the registered owner’s home address of the BMW and located both vehicle outside the property.”
The spokesperson added: “A 20-year-old man from Southampton was arrested on suspicion of taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. He remains in custody at this time.”