71 phones, 10 laptops, 5 sat navs, 2 bikes – ‘stolen’ goods found in Leeds raids

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Six people have been arrested after police seized dozens of suspected stolen goods in early morning raids in Pudsey and Bramley.

Five men, aged 40, 41, 28, 27, and 36, and a 23-year-old woman were arrested by neighbourhood policing officers from Pudsey investigating a spate of shed and garage burglaries.

They were arrested on conspiracy to commit burglaries between June 9 and July 6.

A search of a number of addresses in Bramley on Sunday uncovered a large number of suspected stolen goods including 71 mobile phones, 10 laptop computers, five satellite navigation systems, five games consoles and two bicycles.

Those arrested were questioned and later released on police bail pending further enquiries. Work is underway to establish the background of he suspcted stolen items and link them to any crimes.

Inspector Simon Jessup said: “This operation comes in direct response to a recent increase in the number of burglaries on sheds and garages in the Bramley and Pudsey areas over recent weeks.

“It is the latest in a number of proactive policing operations targeting those we suspect are behind burglaries in this area and we hope it will send out a message to those who think they can commit crime and get away with it.

“We are determined to keep targeting those people we suspect are committing burglaries and we will continue to focus our attention on those we suspect of being involved.

“Many of the offences in this series were on sheds and garages that were either unlocked or had minimal security. I would urge people to review their home security and put additional measures in place as criminals are clearly out to target valuable items such as tools and bicycles that are kept outside of the home.

“I would also ask that anyone who has any information on people thought to be involved in burglaries locally or the trade in stolen goods contacts us or passes the information anonymously via Crimestoppers.”

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