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Burglary gang in west London given early morning call

September 26, 2012, 8:15 am

During the course of this morning (Wednesday 26 September) search
warrants were executed at eight addresses across Kensington, at which
five men [A/B/C/D/E – aged between 18-22] were arrested on conspiracy to
commit burglary.

They are currently in custody pending further enquiries.

Items seized at the addresses include a quantity of luxury watches,
designer clothing and cash.

Today’s raids, which were as a result of an intelligence-led operation
codenamed Decker, identified a gang responsible for approx 12 burglaries
at addresses in Kensington, Brent, Ealing and Fulham. A number of
high-value motor vehicles have been stolen at these addresses.

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 raids involved officers from across the Metropolitan Police Service,
including specialist teams from the Territorial Support Group and
Specialist Crime and Operations Command.

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