Police officers from Warsaw’s Praga Północ and Wołomin districts recovered a Lexus stolen in Slovakia. The driver of the car, a 40-year-old Lithuanian citizen, was detained – the capital police reported on Friday. The value of the recovered car is nearly PLN 300,000.
The information was accompanied by photos from the arrest of the man driving the white Lexus. The vehicle has visible damage to the front left wheel arch.
Arrest near Łomża
Police press officer in Praga Północ, Białołęka and Targówek (KRP Warszawa VI) – Commissioner Paulina Onyszko informed that the Lithuanian was detained on Tuesday in the Łomża poviat (Podlaskie Voivodeship). The man was charged at the District Prosecutor’s Office in Wołomin, and the court decided on a three-month arrest at the prosecutor’s request, the statement said.
“Operational officers from the ‘Skorpion’ group from Praga Północ and criminals from the District Police Headquarters in Wołomin planned operations in the area of the S8 route. This is where a vehicle stolen in Slovakia was supposed to be traveling. It was around 11:00 a.m. when the police noticed a white Lexus whose driver he often changed lanes, accelerated and slowed down rapidly. The vehicle had characteristic damage that could occur when trying to forcefully overcome the security. ‘Scorpions’ followed him,” Onyszko reported the events.
She reported that a few kilometers before Łomża, the police decided to stop the Lexus.
“He blocked the door and did not want to leave the vehicle”
“When the driver realized that he had been ambushed, he blocked the door and did not want to leave the vehicle. The criminals knew they had to act quickly. They decided to break the window to force the driver to leave the car,” she said.
The press officer reported that the 40-year-old Lithuanian citizen, seeing no escape route, surrendered and the criminals overpowered him. After checking the vehicle identification numbers and license plates on the Lexus, it turned out that they were assigned to a Skoda car, she said.
She pointed out that for stealing and using a license plate that is not assigned to a vehicle, the penalty is up to 10 years in prison.
Main photo source: KSP