FIVE people have been quizzed by police after new cars worth tens of thousands of pounds were stolen from Sunderland’s Nissan plant.
Detectives investigating the incident have recovered three Qashqais and a Juke.
Officers are linking the case to the theft of registration plates from Nissans.
New Qashqais cost from £16,496, while a Juke fresh off the production line will set a buyer back a minimum of £13,395, making the haul worth at least £65,000.
Northumbria Police received two calls about cars being stolen from the plant – the first at 12.34am on Tuesday and another at 9.50pm the same day.
“The thefts appear to be linked to a number of reports of number plates being stolen from Nissan cars overnight from private addresses,” said a force statement.
“Following inquiries, four vehicles – three Qashqais and a Juke – were recovered.
“A 51-year-old woman and four men, ranging in age from 25 to 31, have been arrested in relation to the thefts. Police inquiries are ongoing.”
A Nissan spokesman said the firm was aware of the incident and was carrying out its own inquiry into how the cars had been stolen but was limited in what it could say until the police inquiry was finished.
“We can confirm there has been an incident in which criminals have attempted to take cars from Nissan Sunderland plant,” he said.
“Four vehicles which were taken from site have been recovered by the police and we understand that arrests have been made.
“We are carrying out a thorough investigation into this matter, working closely with our local policing team.
“As the police investigation is ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
Those arrested have been bailed pending further inquiries.