Earlier today officers executed a series of warrants at a commercial property off George Road and a residential address nearby as part of an operation to target suspected criminal enterprises.
The investigation was led by officers from Bolton Division with the assistance of partner agencies and targeted a suspected criminal network stealing vehicles and selling their parts.
The three men – aged 18, 32 and 38 – were all arrested on suspicion of Theft and Handling Stolen Goods. They remain in custody for questioning.
A total of ten vehicles, either identified as stolen or used in crime, worth approximately £100,000 were recovered by police.
Detective Sergeant Jamie Pearson, from Operation Challenger, said: “This morning we have arrested three people but I want to make it clear our investigation does not stop here.
“Greater Manchester Police is committed to tackling criminal enterprises and warrants such as this would not be able to happen without the help of the community and partner agencies.
“We will continue to actively target, disrupt and dismantle crime networks and would urge anyone who has any suspicions about illegal activity, or the sale of stolen cars and their parts, to please contact us.
“We take all reports seriously and we will listen to community concerns - I think today’s warrant acts as a prime example of that.”
Anyone with any information about criminal enterprises should contact the Challenger team on 0161 856 6590.
Information can also be passed on anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.