An investigating officer writing on PSNI Foyle’s Facebook page has praised the public in providing the information that led to their arrests..
But the police officer believes other members of the public may have other information about the activities of the suspects which could be key evidence in the case that would lead to criminal records for all four.
The officer wrote: “On Wednesday, July 3, 2019, between half 4 in the afternoon and 7 pm we received reports stating joy riders were in in a silver Passat and in the area of Maureen Avenue/Creggan driving dangerously.
“Thanks to the quick actions and calls from members of the public we were initially able to locate the vehicle, however the driver made off from us.
“Thanks to calls from the public, Bogside Brandywell and Fountain Neighbourhood Officers along with our colleagues in TSG and LPT were able to detain and arrest 4 persons who we believe were in the vehicle.
“They thought they could run after they crashed the vehicle in a built up residential area.
“The community had other ideas. It is thanks to them we were able to follow and arrest them.
“All 4 were arrested for a range of motoring offences, and one was found to have a large amount of drugs on his person.
“He will be facing drug charges in court as well as possible motoring offences.
“Unfortunately, we need your help again.
“You have helped us arrest and identify 4 of them.
“However without evidence we may not get them successfully convicted in court.
“We believe there is more to this story than we know. And we suspect there may be more carnage left in their path.
“They have damaged 2 cars that we know off. However I suspect there may be more.
“Please please PLEASE! If you saw anything, have any CCTV or dash cam footage let us know.
“You guys have always been amazing at helping us with missing people so please help with this.
“Share this to get the word out to any possible witnesses / victims and help us bring the offenders to justice.
“Reference number 1808 – 03/07/19
“Investigating officer – Con K McGall, 101 ext 57193.”