Suspected Burglars Targeted in Raid: Five ArrestedWednesday 26th September 2012
Five people have been arrested during raids across west London targeting suspected burglars.
Luxury watches, designer clothing and cash have been seized at eight properties as part of this morning's operation.
Police intelligence identified a gang responsible for an estimated 12 burglaries at addresses in Kensington, Brent, Ealing and Fulham.
Detective Chief Inspector Rhys Willis, of the Kensington and Chelsea Crime Squad, said: "This morning's operation is a clear warning to all burglars that we will do everything in our power to catch and convict them. Operation Decker is a Kensington & Chelsea Borough local initiative to drive down burglary offences and take the fight to the criminals. It illustrates that we will utilise all types of technology available to use in order to identify the activities of criminal gangs.
"There is a distinct link between this gang and highly organised criminality. Today's day of action should highlight to the community and importantly the gang members that we are vigorous in our pursuit to catch and bring them to justice. Our joint work with the local authority to tackle criminals will continue."
The five men arrested are aged between 18 and 22 and are in custody pending further enquiries.