Posted on 5th May 2011
Derbyshire Police Authority Chairman, Cllr Philip Hickson, has applauded an operation specifically developed to target people involved in handling stolen goods.
Derbyshire Constabulary’s Operation Lurcher led to Police arresting 33 people and searching 42 premises, 18 of them businesses. Around £36,000 in cash was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act and a large quantity of property recovered including mobile phones, laptops, Sat Navs, purses, counterfeit alcohol and cigarettes.
So far seven people have been given cautions and three people have been charged. The rest have been interviewed and bailed pending further inquiries.
The operation is providing a long-term way of tackling crime such as street robbery, burglaries of houses, sheds and commercial premises, as well as thefts from vehicles and shoplifting.
Cllr Hickson said, "Buying stolen goods isn’t a victimless crime. Thieves and burglars steal property because they know people are willing to buy it - and it also fuels the trade in illegal drugs. I fully support this drive by the Police to target those who deal with stolen property and confidently expect more arrests, cash seizures and prosecutions to follow.
“The message is clear: do not handle stolen goods and report it if you are offered anything suspicious for sale. If something looks to good to be true, it probably is!"
Sergeant Dave Simmonds, Operation Lurcher project manager, said: “Investigations will continue into those cases of handling stolen goods and money laundering.
“The important factor now is that we build upon this. Operation Lurcher is an ongoing initiative. If you want to buy or sell stolen goods then you will sooner or later have our officers on your doorstep.”
If you have information about stolen goods, call the police on 0345 123 33 33 or report it anonymously to the national charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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