As a week of dawn raids comes to a close, Doncaster police have made 35 arrests and recovered £58,000 of stolen property, £15,000 in cash, £18,000 of Class A and C drugs, a stolen vehicle and a stun gun.
The raids are part of a nine month investigation, entitled Operation Deal, which has involved the use of a variety of tactics to try and tackle the issue of Serious Acquisitive Crime in the town, which includes burglary, theft from motor vehicle and robbery.
DCI Craig Robinson leading the investigation said: “I am very pleased with the results of the operation and I hope it offers reassurance to our residents in Doncaster that we are committed in tackling crime in their town and we will do all we can to keep the public safe.”
The stolen property that has been recovered during the investigation includes laptops, iPads, iPhones, bikes, flat screen TVs and digital cameras. Officers will attempt to reunite the property with the owners in due course.
He continued: “Serious Acquisitive Crime can cause extreme distress to the victims, aswell as those who live in an area where the crime is committed who can also feel unsafe and uneasy going about their daily business.
“With the help and support from the departments within South Yorkshire Police, from Doncaster Council and our other partner agencies, we have been able to make this operation a success.
“The aim was to reduce crime and send out a message to anyone who chooses to be involved in any form of criminality that affects the honest and hard-working people of Doncaster, we will find you and we will bring you to justice.”
A number of warrants were executed and raids carried out across Doncaster over three days this week, utilising district police officers, resources from Operational Support Services which includes police dogs and mounted officers, Crime Scene Investigators and the Road Policing Unit.
The raids began on Tuesday, with 13 arrests made that morning for the offences of burglary, commercial burglary, handling stolen goods, possession with intent to supply class A drugs and concern in the supply of class A drugs . Of the 13 arrested, nine were charged.
After the raids on Wednesday, 11 further arrests were made for the offences of burglary, handling stolen goods and theft from motor vehicle.
Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones said of the operation: “This is a great example of successful partnership working, which shows our commitment to tackling crime. Our aim is for everyone in Doncaster to feel safe, and we will always work with all our partners to bring this about.”