Three men have been charged in connection with keyless car thefts across Surrey.

Officers carried out search warrants early on Thursday morning last week at addresses in the Elmbridge area following an intelligence led operation.

The arrests relate to 12 thefts of 13 high-performance vehicles taken from driveways of homes and access gained to keylessly operated vehicles.

Luke Mash, 28, from Molesey Road, Hersham and Benjamin Shoebridge, 36, from Blair Avenue, Esher were charged with conspiracy to commit theft. Frederick Taylor, 19, from Cambridge Road, Walton was charged with charged with conspiracy to commit theft and possession of Class B drugs.

All three men are due to appear in Kingston Crown Court on Friday, July 20.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Dee Fielding said: “Keyless car theft is a crime on the rise and something that has been affecting the whole nation.

“Unfortunately criminals have adapted to the technology now available in cars, however I hope that these arrests demonstrate that this is something we are taking seriously and taking steps to clampdown on."