Car Thief Jailed Day After Been Caught Red-handed

Police arrested him on Barclay Road two minutes after receiving call

Anthony GoldsteinAnthony Goldstein. Picture: Met Police

May 1, 2023

There was swift justice delivered to a car thief in Fulham last week after he was jailed the day after being caught inside a resident’s car.

The police say the Fulham Safer Neighbourhoods Team was on the scene on Barclay Road two minutes after receiving a call from someone saying that a man was in their vehicle on Wednesday 26 April.

On arrival officers detained 28-year-old Anthony Goldstein of no fixed abode on suspicion of Handling Stolen Goods and Vehicle Interference. He was taken into custody at Hammersmith Police Station and the following day appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to Vehicle Interference. He was given a 12 week jail sentence as well as been recalled for other offences.

PS Tom Martis-Jones said, “I am super proud of the team's quick response. We arrived at the location less than a minute after the incident was circulated to our units, running all the way from our office - some of us hadn't even managed to get changed yet! Whilst we can’t always promise such a speedy response, I hope this shows to you our commitment in trying to apprehend these offenders.

“Theft From Motor Vehicle offences have increased over the past few months, and with arrests and convictions like these, we hope to reduce these from occurring. I am glad the court have imposed such a heavy sentence, and we made representations that this should be high given how prevalent thefts have been in our neighbourhood.

“If you discover your vehicle has been broken into, no matter how small a crime (even if only a few coins have been taken), we really need you to report this to us. The best way to do this is online. Knowing where vehicles are being targeted means we can direct our patrols and conduct proactive activity more effectively. The team and I are committed to catching even more of these thieves.”

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