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Police intensify probe into Kingston car theft network

Published:Monday | May 29, 2017 | 5:45 AM

The police traffic department says investigators are continuing their probe into last week's car theft in Kingston which ended in a fatal crash involving the suspected thief.

It's the fourth crash the start of the year involving a suspected car thief.

The Head of the Police Traffic Department Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen says investigators have established valuable information related to last week's incident and it appears that the thief was part of a network operating in Kingston.

In the meantime, the acting commander of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch Superintendent Anthony McLaughlin says since the start of the year, 68 incidents of the stolen vehicles have been reported.

He was not immediately able to provide the comparative figures.

However, Superintendent McLaughlin says since January 1, 45 stolen motor vehicles have been recovered, some of which would have been robbed before that time.

Superintendent McLauglin is also reporting that parts from stolen vehicles are being found in legitimate car parts businesses.

AND ... The Head of the Revenue Protection Division Major Johanna Lewin says there is a high incidence of "inside help" from people in state agencies involved in motor vehicle document processing.