A 24-year-old man wanted for grievous sexual assault, and robbery against an elderly woman in Arima, was among ten people arrested for car theft on Wednesday.
Police said the suspect was also wanted for stealing more than 40 vehicles from the Arima district.
Ten vehicles, including a Nissan Xtrail, Nissan B-14, Nissan B-15 and Mitsubishi cars, were recovered. The vehicles were carrying false registration numbers, police said.
The suspects from Arima, Lopinot, Princes Town and Sangre Grande were detained. The raid was spearheaded by ASP Darwin James of the Stolen Vehicles Unit, and included Senior Superintendent Wayne Boyd, Inspector Wayne Baptiste, Sgt Robert Joseph and Detective Vernon Mohammed.
The exercise was part of a campaign, launched by the Stolen Vehicles Unit, it included police officers from across the country, geared towards reducing the crime of motor vehicle theft.
The Stolen Vehicles Unit, led by ASP Darwin James, began the exercise in Tobago last week. Police said ten stolen vehicles were recovered. The vehicles were stolen in Trinidad, transported to Tobago and sold to unsuspecting buyers, police said.
Last Thursday a team of officers including Stolen Vehicles Unit Sgt Robert Joseph and PC Vernon Mohammed, officers attached to the Robbery Squad, Eastern Division Task Force and Helicopter Unit conducted a search for a black Honda Civic car, stolen at gunpoint in Tacarigua.
Following a 15-hour search, the vehicle was recovered in the Heights of Guanapo, police said. Two suspects, a man and woman, both 19, were arrested and charged.