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13 arrested in burglary crackdown
6:29pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Local news
POLICE arrested more than a dozen people in a crackdown on burglary.
Over the course of five days last week, police executed four search warrants, three court warrants and stopped more than 650 vehicles in 15 locations across Epping and Brentwood.
There were patrols in areas burglary hotspots and police, PSCOs and Special Constabulary officers visited homes to offer advice on how they can reduce their chances of becoming victims.
The operation, dubbed Albatross, also involved police working with Brentwood Borough Council and Epping Forest District Council. Enforcement action was taken against 20 offences relating to the transportation of scrap metal.
Of the 13 arrests, five have been charged - two for burglary, one for robbery and abstracting electricity, and two for handling stolen goods.
A further two people were arrested for non-payment of fines and one man for failing to answer bail. Another man was arrested and handed over to the Metropolitan Police who are investigating a car theft.
A further four suspects were bailed pending further enquiries, they include three men detained for conspiracy to steal and one woman for burglary.
Detective Inspector Rob Huddlestone said: "The aim of Op Albatross was to disrupt offending across the District and we were met with a positive response from members of the public who were pleased to see officers at road checks.
"We have put a number of people before the courts, with further suspects arrested, and we will aim to build on this success to further reduce offences and bring offenders to justice.
"But we also need the people of Essex to help us; to take sensible precautions to protect their homes and give us the information and intelligence we need to put the criminals before the courts."