Thief pulled from stolen Millercare van after ramming it into car in bid to escape

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One of Millercare’s vans has been successfully retrieved after a blundered effort by thieves to sell it to a scrapyard in Bolton.

Thieves stole a van from outside Millercare Mobility’s Bury Road branch in Bolton on Thursday and proceeded to try and sell it for scrap at local scrapyard, The Scrappers Ltd.

But employees at the scrapyard sensed something was not right and so lowered the exit barriers to prevent the van from leaving before phoning Millercare to check whether any of its vehicles had gone amiss.

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The mobility dealer confirmed that this was the case and the police were called.

One of the employees at The Scrappers Ltd told a local newspaper that after two men had driven in he messaged a colleague to check with the mobility dealer, before blocking in the van.

“They got twitchy and were after leaving,” he told the Bolton News. “They were asking us to move cars to let them out.”

“One of them rammed one of the cars and one of ours pulled him out of the van. The police arrested him.”

Andy Howarth, branch manager at the Bolton Millercare store, said: “We’re really pleased and we’re going to bring them some chocolates.

“Thankfully they had the foresight to phone us up, otherwise we would have lost the van.”

According to one eyewitness who spoke to the newspaper, he saw “half a dozen” police cars by the scrapyard and a man being arrested.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed a 27-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.

Millercare currently operates 16 retail outlets around the Manchester area and has a large fleet of service vans.

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