A driver who had his Range Rover stolen has claimed that the crime is one of multiple car thefts across Brighton this week.

Andrew Potter was at work at Brighton and Hove Auctions when his bright blue Range Rover was taken from the forecourt.

There was a chase on Warren Road as members of the public tried to stop the vehicle speeding away.

Andrew says that he was told by police that other drivers have also had their vehicles stolen.

Andrew said: “I was in the building and sort of saw someone with a peak cap. As that happened he just spun off the forecourt.

“Two lads chased him and one man got dragged around the road.

The Argus: The stolen Range RoverThe stolen Range Rover (Image: Brighton and Hove Auctions)

“The thief was very, very professional, within ten seconds he was in my car, and those are £50,000 cars.”

Following the theft, Andrew said that he was contacted by another man who told him that his Range Rover had also been stolen.

Andrew said police told him that around five Range Rovers had been stolen in the city in the past week.

He believes that the car was stolen by thieves who cloned his key to enter the car before driving off from the scene.

Police are now searching for the vehicle after the thief drove away erratically and at speed.


A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Police received a report of the theft of a Range Rover from outside a property in Warren Road, Brighton, on Tuesday, 7 March, at around 1.30pm.

“The vehicle was seen to be driven erratically and at speed away from the scene.

“An investigation is underway to locate the vehicle and identify any suspects.

“The incident is not being linked to any other thefts in the area.

The Argus: A picture of the auction house prior to the theftA picture of the auction house prior to the theft (Image: Google Street View)

“The stolen vehicle is a light blue Range Rover Auto Biographer, registration number BO66 BHA.

“Anybody who witnessed the incident, has seen the car or has any information that could help is asked to contact police online or via 101, quoting serial 652 of 07/03.”

Sussex Police did not link the case to other thefts or investigations.