Police catch thief who stole Audi on test drive in Blackpool

The car was found parked in Preston

The Audi S3 was stolen from Blackpool during a test drive

The Audi S3 was stolen from Blackpool during a test drive

A brazen thief stole a car during a test drive in Blackpool.

Police said the Audi S3 was reported stolen by the dealership on Tuesday (June 8) sparking a search of the area.

The vehicle was located nearly 20 miles away in Preston.

It was parked on a residential street before being towed away and returned.

Officers said the thief was later stopped by Kirkham Police in another vehicle as it travelled back to Blackpool.

The offender was arrested for the theft and ‘two other similar offences’ in the North West.

He remains in custody for questioning.

Lancs Road Police tweeted a picture of the stolen vehicle, saying: “This Audi S3 was stolen on a test drive in Blackpool but quickly located parked in Preston.

“@KirkhamPolice then intercepted another vehicle the driver left in, as it headed back to Blackpool where he was arrested for this & 2 other similar offences in the North West.”