March 11 2014 Latest news:
Andrew Fitchett, Reporter
Monday, December 23, 2013
Police have carried out searches on nearly 200 garages in Thetford as part of a crackdown on the storage of stolen goods.
Officers uncovered items including quad bikes, motorbikes and fishing equipment as part of Operation Quint.
The searches were carried out on vacant garages in St Martins Way owned by Flagship Housing, who had given permission for police to force entry if necessary.
Sgt Becky Cant, from Thetford Police, said the operation had sent a message to criminals.
“We are going out in broad daylight in our high visibility gear and it makes offenders realise we mean business.
“It’s also about reassuring residents that we are on top of things.
“We’ve been able to find a number of items of property and some have been linked to other crimes in the Breckland and Norwich areas,” she said.
Battering rams and crowbars were used to gain entry to some of the garages.
Recruits from Norfolk Police’s cadet programme were also able to gain experience during the operation, helping officers to search the garages.
If you can help police target the storage of stolen goods, call Thetford Police on 101.