Watch: Thieves in makeshift tow truck caught stealing Beetle

Residents look-on in disbelief as Beetle is smashed into parked cars

Watch: Thieves in makeshift tow truck caught stealing Beetle

Police have launched an investigation after a make-shift tow truck was seen making off with a stolen Volkswagen Beetle.

Footage shows the poorly-hitched Beetle being dragged behind a converted flat-bed commercial van, smashing into parked cars.

The incident took place in south-east London on Tuesday.

Officers later found both the Beetle and the van abandoned nearby, with sources claiming it was dumped on the Thistlebrook traveller site.

Half a dozen smashed cars including a Mitsubushi van and Kia remain dented on the side of the road with shattered lights and missing bumpers.

Residents say a green Vauxhall Zafira was stolen by a tow truck in the next street just 15 minutes before the Beetle was taken.

A spokesman from Scotland Yard said: “We are aware of footage circulating on social media that shows a truck towing a Volkswagen colliding with parked cars in Greenwich.

“Police were called at 12.45pm to reports of two cars having been stolen from Federation Road, Abbey Wood.

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“Officers attended. At the scene a Vauxhall Zafira and a Volkswagen Beetle had been stolen from a residential carpark.

“As the suspects left the scene in the tow truck, the Volkswagen, which was not properly secured to the vehicle, collided with six parked cars on both Federation Road and Congress Road.

“Officers from the Met’s Southeast Command investigate.

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“The tow truck, with the VW still attached, was recovered after being found abandoned in the Abbey Wood area.

“At this early stage there have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.”

Chief inspector Peter Bodley said: “We fully understand the upset and inconvenience caused to the owners of the stolen and damaged vehicles involved in this incident and are undertaking enquiries to locate the outstanding stolen car and to identify those responsible.”

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