A FAMILY couldn’t believe their eyes and ears when police told them that only hours after having their home burgled officers had recovered the items that had been stolen.
Derbyshire Police revealed that ‘community intelligence’ helped them recover the property after the arrest three men on suspicion of dwelling burglary following a break in at a home in Thompson Close, Swadlincote.
The homeowners called police just before 7am on Tuesday morning after finding that a door, left on a chain, had been forced open and their home had been ransacked overnight.
Within minutes of the crime being reported, officers at Swadlincote Police Station were being inundated with information from members of the public about the incident.
Just hours later three men, aged 19, 27 and 33, were arrested and subsequent search of properties found the items that had been taken during the burglary.
South Derbyshire section inspector Paul Cannon told the Mail that he was ‘delighted’ with the quick turnaround and praised the public for coming forward with information.
He said: “After receiving the call about the burglary, very quickly we started to receive intelligence from the community about the incident.
“This allowed us to arrest three males on suspicion of dwelling burglary.
“During searches following the arrests, we recovered property from the break in, this was identified by the homeowners who were very pleased with the result.
“I think examples like this show why it is important that the public continue to get in touch with us about crimes – this shows that we do listen, respond and get results.
“This incident also saw an insecure door forced open and this is continuing to be an issue in South Derbyshire.
“All we ask is that people use commonsense, lock their doors and make sure entry points to homes are secure.
“Unfortunately, we have offenders who will just try doors on the off chance and we don’t want people to become victims of crime due to an unlocked door.”
As the Mail went to press, all three men were still being questioned by detectives.