Six men charged with series of keyless vehicle thefts

Police are appealing for witnesses or information after a windscreen was smashed in Hatfield. Pictur

30 of the 44 offences took place in Hertfordshire. - Credit: Harry Rutter/Archant

Six men have been charged as part of an investigation into a series of high-end, keyless vehicle thefts across Hertfordshire and the surrounding counties – including in Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Potters Bar and St Albans. 

The men were arrested after a warrant was executed in East Herts on Friday, May 7, with the operation the culmination of a long-running investigation by the police’s Tactical Resources Team, supported by colleagues from the Serious and Organised Crime Command. 

The men have all been charged with conspiracy to steal and using apparatus for the purpose of interfering with wireless telegraphy between November 6, 2020 and May 7, 2021. They are as follows: 

  • Marijus Mickeliunas, 25, of Barnmead Gardens, Dagenham 

  • Davidos Astravas, 32, of Rosemary Gardens, Dagenham 

  • Arturas Navikas, 37, of Lambourne Crescent, Chigwell 

  • Martynas Kuzma, 19, of Welling Road, Orsett 

  • Andrius Semenkovas, 31, of Welling Road, Orsett 

  • Yuozas Velicka, 20, of Welling Road, Orsett 

Investigators have so far linked 44 offences to the series, committed across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, London and Surrey. 

30 of those offences took place in the Herts towns of Berkhamsted, Borehamwood, Croxley Green, Cuffley, Hatfield, Potters Bar, Sawbridgeworth, St Albans, Watford and Welwyn Garden City 

All six have been remanded into custody and are due to appear at St Albans Crown Court for a pre-trial hearing on Monday, June 7. 

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Three ‘chop shops’ have also been identified, where stolen vehicles are dismantled so that the parts can be sold or used to repair other stolen vehicles.