Warrants were executed yesterday morning (Thursday 6 July) as part of our work to tackle vehicle crime.
Since the beginning of June this year, police have seen an increase in thefts from vehicles in particular tools being taken across the Leicestershire area. Residential addresses have been targeted as well as hotel car parks.
As a result of our investigations into these crimes, warrants were executed at addresses in the Golf Course Lane area of Leicester yesterday.
Five men aged 18, 25, 25, 31 and 40, a 16-year-old youth and two women aged 18 and 19 were arrested on suspicion of theft offences. A 28-year old man was arrested on suspicion of drugs offences.
This morning, (Friday 7 July) the men aged 18, 25, 25 and 31 still remain in police custody.
The 16-year-old youth, two women aged 18 and 19 and the men aged 28 and 40 have all been released from police custody pending further investigation.
A number of vehicles have been recovered from the location along with a quantity of power tools which are suspected to be stolen.
Detective Inspector Helen Nurse from the force’s investigation unit said: “While our enquiries continue into these incidents, we would like to take this opportunity to urge drivers to remove their belongings, including any tools and equipment from their vehicles.
“Please lock your vehicles securely, and park them so they can’t be accessed, to deter thieves from breaking in or stealing them.
“We would encourage anyone who has had tools stolen and hasn’t contacted police to do so. Any information you have such as serial numbers will help us reunite stolen property with its rightful owner.
“Our officers are out in communities stressing the importance of keeping vehicles and contents secure, whether you park them at home or in a public place and the force is running a number of initiatives to reduce vehicle crime, including additional officers patrolling hotspots and posting leaflets in public areas, such as local hotels.”
Source:: Leicestershire Police News