While driving at high speed, the thief was bold enough to flash his headlights at the police, leading to his quick arrest.
On the night of Sunday, November 5th to Monday, November 6th, a 21-year-old man was apprehended by the police while operating a stolen vehicle. The officers were in an unmarked anti-crime squad vehicle when the driver’s actions caught their attention. He had previously used headlight signals to overtake the police from the right while speeding. This incident occurred in Lésigny, Seine-et-Marne.
Approaching at high speed behind the police, the young man quickly drew their notice. The arrest took place on the N104 at 4 a.m. The individual overtook the police from the right before being pursued by the anti-crime squad. Although he admitted the facts, he resisted the officers and was charged with refusal to comply.
Upon overtaking, when he saw the police chasing him with their flashing lights on, it took him a few miles to turn off the ignition of the Toyota Rav 4, reported stolen back in September 2023, that he was driving.
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Subsequent investigations revealed that this Yvelines resident was involved in various car thefts over the past years. Placed in police custody, he was then referred to the Melun public prosecutor’s office, where he confessed to the crimes. He will be tried under the prior admission of guilt (CRPC) for refusal to comply and concealment of theft.
For the charges brought against him, including receiving stolen property, he faces a potential sentence of 5 years in prison and a fine of €375,000. Receivers of aggravated theft receive stricter penalties: 10 years in prison and a fine of €750,000. These penalties apply when the crime is committed habitually, using professional facilities, or with involvement in an organized gang.
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