Four people arrested as enquiries continue into Black Country burglaries
Four people have been arrested in connection with a series of break-ins across the Black Country.
The men aged 43, 28, 25 and 20 were all arrested in the Goldthorn area of Wolverhampton last night (17 October) on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle and remain in police custody today.
Although the arrests are a significant development in the investigation, detectives believe there could be others out there who were involved.
A team of detectives are continuing to work around the clock to catch all those involved. CCTV is currently being fast tracked and forensic opportunities from the break-ins are being explored. And extra officers have been drafted in to patrol the areas affected to offer reassurance to residents.
Masked men struck in Penn Fields, Wolverhampton, where they forced entry to a property and assaulted a 75-year-old woman before stealing jewellery. In Walsall, a masked man forced entry to the home of an 87-year-old woman claiming to be a police officer, before taking jewellery and cash from her bedroom.
In two other incidents in Smethwick and Tipton, offenders attempted to gain access to properties, but the occupants were successful in foiling their attempts and they left empty-handed. And in Coseley a video doorbell deterred four masked and gloved men who made off in a vehicle.
The offenders have used a variety of ways to gain entry to properties from brute force to claiming to be from the ‘water board’ and police officers.
Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner said: "Although the arrests are a significant development, I am still urging the community to remain vigilant in their neighbourhoods and to continue to look out for each other.
“This remains a top priority for police in the Black Country at present and there’s a dedicated team of detectives working round the clock to identify those responsible for this terrible series of break in’s targeting elderly, vulnerable people in our communities.
“We’re working closely with our partners, particularly those in the health and social sector and trusted charities to raise their awareness of what’s happening, so that they can pass relevant information and advice on to elderly people they come into contact with on a day to day basis.
“We’re asking the public to help by taking a look at the CCTV and contacting us if they have information that could help us identify the people in the images.
“A considerable number of the break ins have happened in the afternoon between 6pm and 9pm, and so if people have seen cars or individuals that are not usually in their street, are new to the area, or seem suspicious for any reason, then I’d continue to urge them to report those concerns to us as soon as possible. If someone calls at your door and you’re not expecting anyone, ask for their I.D but if you’re still unsure, I would encourage you to please call us."
If you have any information about the on-going enquiry please get in touch via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk 8am - midnight, or call 101 anytime. In an emergency dial 999 immediately.