Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner, David Keane, has commended officers involved in an operation to catch criminals carrying out family gold burglaries in Cheshire.
It follows the arrest of four men on suspicion of burglary offences in Devon and Cornwall by Cheshire detectives.
Three man, aged 36, 22 and 33, and a 16-year-old male were arrested in the Looe area of Cornwall in connection with a number of burglaries across the North West where family gold has been stolen. Two of the men have since been charged in relation to family gold burglaries which have taken place in Cheshire or in other areas across the country.
David said: “Officers have been working around the clock as part of a coordinated and joint police investigation with TITAN and forces across the North West to try and catch those responsible for these targeted attacked.
“The burglaries are being carried out by highly organised criminals who are travelling into the area to target properties that they believe are likely to contain gold.
“A dedicated team from Cheshire Constabulary has been working with other forces to gather intelligence to try and track down the criminals.
“These arrests demonstrate that we will go to any lengths to bring those responsible to justice and put a stop to these serious crimes.”
The commissioner has met with local residents, councillors and MPs and has been on patrol with officers in Warrington - where many of the burglaries have been carried out - to provide reassurance to the community.
David added: “I have been speaking to local people about the impact these crimes are having on our communities and I would like to reassure them that there will continue to be an increased police presence in targeted areas, which includes local officers and specialist units deployed to support the community and deter these criminals.
“Residents affected by these attacks will continue to be given support by Cheshire CARES, the victims support service which I commission to help victims recover from their ordeal.
“The investigation is very much still ongoing and I would encourage anyone who has any information in relation to the burglaries or the offenders to contact Cheshire Police on 101.”