Seven arrests as Cambridgeshire police crack down on burglary
A Cambridgeshire police crackdown on burglary led to seven arrests.
The force’s two burglary squads started early last Wednesday (July 22) to round up and question suspects in Cambridge, Ely, St Ives and Peterborough, while also trawling through CCTV footage.
Crime reduction officer Kate Thwaites also visited burglary hotspot areas in Ely to offer crime prevention advice to homeowners and address local concerns.
Householders elsewhere in the county joined a live question and answer session on Facebook later in the day, which attracted 13,000 views.
Crime reduction officers, detectives and representatives from the Bobby scheme, Safer Local Trades and Neighbourhood Watch offered tips on how to keep homes secure.
Following the crackdown:
- Terrence Lewis, 44, of Fen Road, Cambridge, has been charged with two counts of burglary and is due to appear in Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on September 24;
- Robert Rust, 33, from Cambridge, has been recalled to prison after being charged with two counts of theft from a shop and theft of a bike after being arrested in Fitzroy Street. He is due to appear before Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on September 24;
- A 17-year-old boy, who was arrested on suspicion of six burglary offences in St Ives, has been bailed to return to police on August 19;
- A 41-year-old man from Cambridge was given a conditional caution after being arrested in Clifton Way, Cambridge, on suspicion of burglary;
- A 16-year-old boy from Ely arrested on suspicion of two burglaries and theft of a vehicle has been bailed to return to police on August 19;
- A 38-year-old man from Hampton, Peterborough, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and remains in custody at Thorpe Wood station;
- A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary in Eye, he has been bailed to return to police on October 31;
Det Insp Mark Barker, who runs the southern burglary team, said: “Wednesday’s activity has meant several investigations have now been significantly progressed, with some now heading to court.
“Tackling burglary remains a priority for the force and I would like to reassure the public that our officers work around the clock to identify those responsible and put them before the courts.”
For burglary prevention advice, visit https://bit.ly/2CWcsOD.
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