TWO Burton men are among 10 being questioned as part of a major operation to arrest people suspected of being involved in burglary crimes across Staffordshire.
More than 30 police officers were involved in the operation, which saw search warrants executed across the county and parts of the West Midlands.
The operation was in response to a spate of recent burglaries, thefts from motor vehicles and car key burglaries (where offenders break into a property and steal the car keys, then the car).
Officers from the force’s CID, tactical support team, crime support department and both Staffordshire and West Midlands local policing teams were involved in the operation.
Arrests were made in Tamworth, Burton and the West Midlands in connection with the recent crime spree.
The two Burton men, aged 31 and 29, were arrested in the town and were being questioned at Burton Police Station as the Mail went to press.
In addition to the 10 arrests (nine men and one woman), officers have seized three stolen cars which are believed to have been used by the offenders while they broke into houses, along with a quantity of drugs and a large number of tools.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Garrett, who led the major operation, told the Mail: “Tackling burglary crime is a force priority for Staffordshire Police.
“These crimes have a big impact on the victims and their families, who are often at home when the offenders break in. The distress such a crime causes can often be long lasting.
“The arrest operation has targeted those we suspect of being involved in burglary, along with theft from motor vehicles and car key burglaries.
“We are determined to crack down on these types of crime and would encourage anyone with information to contact us.”