Police recover thousands in cash and stolen car

27 January 2011, 13:29 | Updated: 10 February 2011, 14:23

An estimated £40,000 to £50,000 in cash and a stolen Audi were recovered by the Operational Sentinel Intercept Team on Saturday (January 22, 2011).

An ANPR activation of a white Ford Transit on the M1 just south of junction 3 resulted in the discovery of between £40,000 and £50,000 in cash.

The cash was seized as it suspected to be the profits of crime.

A 27-year-old man from Ruislip was arrested on suspicion of money laundering and possession of criminal property. He is currently on police bail.

A stolen £60,000 Audi A7 stolen from a burglary in Croxley Green just six hours earlier was recovered by the team following a tracker activation in Barnet.

“Unfortunately there was no driver but the victim was very happy to be reunited with his car,” said Sergeant Grant Finnie. “We will continue to track down criminals using ANPR technology to deny them the use of the roads in Hertfordshire.”

How does ANPR work?

ANPR devices are used by police around the UK to detect and remove serious criminals including burglars, robbers, drug dealers and fraudsters - and unsafe vehicles and unsafe drivers from the roads.

ANPR instantly highlights suspicious vehicles to officers so the vehicles can be stopped and the ‘flagged’ issues investigated. The camera can read a number plate every second, and compares it against a variety of local and national databases. It offers a more targeted approach than traditional methods, meaning fewer law-abiding motorists have their journeys interrupted and more criminals and unsafe vehicles are taken off the road.