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UK: Range Rover LED lights being stolen to grow weed

Published by on May 15, 2014 in News Leave a comment

Range Rover LED Lights Theft

Yeah, I know how this sounds, but apparently it’s true, because last month, the West Workshire police department started “Operation Emporia”, whose purpose is to prevent and combat the recent spike in LED lights from different luxury models, especially Land Rovers. But what’s really incredible is what these lights are being used for, because it looks like thieves sell them to drug dealers which use these lights to illegally grow plants such as marijuana.

According to the local police, Land Rovers are targeted by thieves because their lights can be removed extremely easy, an experienced person being able to do it in less than a minute. Of course, as you can imagine, there are also other parts that are being stolen, such as mirrors, grills, wheels and even bonnets and doors. And even when only the headlights are being stolen, the problem is that thieves usually use crowbars, which also damage other parts of the car, such as the bumper or the wings. For example, someone whose lights and grille were stolen reported a total damage of around £8,000.

What the police did was setup several filters across the area and stopped any driver whose car seemed suspicious to check them if they have the appropriate headlights. If the headlights had been replaced, a proof of purchase was required. And it looks like the operation was pretty successful, because so far there were 14 arrests made, one of them already being charged with theft.

Source: Telegraph

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