Police enforcement sees three arrested for conspiracy to steal
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Police have arrested three men as part of a planned enforcement to tackle the theft of tools from vans.
This morning (Tuesday 19 December), officers executed warrants at addresses across East Leicester and three men –one aged 29 and two aged 22 – were taken into custody for questioning.
The men have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
Police also recovered a number of power tools while searching one of the addresses in Briarfield Drive, Leicester. Enquiries in relation to these are now ongoing.
The arrests of the three men come after a number of theft and attempted theft offences across the Midlands throughout November – including an incident in Stathern, Leicestershire, in the early hours of Thursday 16 November, in which a van was broken into and power tools were stolen.
Similar offences have also occurred in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Herefordshire.
The men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal between 24 October and 27 November after enquiries carried out by officers identified a blue Seat Leon, which is believed to have been involved in the crimes.
The car, which was being driven on false registration plates, has been recovered by police in the Scraptoft area of Leicester and has been confirmed as being stolen.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Gamble has been leading on the enforcement operation.
He said: “We know the impact it has when tools used by tradespeople to earn a living are stolen. These offences often happen overnight when the van is parked up and can happen in a matter of minutes.
“Tackling crime of this kind is a priority for the force and we will continue to investigate reports and carry out enforcement activity to target those who commit these offences.
“Where possible we would encourage anyone carrying tools to remove them from their vehicles overnight. If this is not possible, try to park your van on a lit driveway or a well-lit street and close to other vehicles.
“The use of alarms and CCTV can also be a good deterrent for opportunistic thieves.”
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