Three men were arrested on suspicion of burglary on Wednesday, (11th March) after officers were called to reports of suspicious activity in Walton, Chesterfield, but police say they still need your help.
The force received a call about a silver car type van, and a group of men, acting suspiciously on Foljambe Avenue between around 11.30am and 1.45pm.
The van was later seen on Sheffield Road, Whittington Moor, at around 2.25pm heading from Chesterfield towards the Tesco superstore and officers followed. It travelled towards Old Whittington and along Broomhill Road, before being abandoned on Mallory Close.
A search was carried out of the surrounding area and the men were arrested in woodland, off Whittington Lane near Unstone. The men, two aged 28 and one aged 26, and from Sheffield, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and are currently in police custody.
Officers are currently investigating five burglaries which were reported yesterday, on Foljambe Avenue and Walton Road, Walton, Wheatcroft Close, Wingerworth, Chesterfield Road, Matlock, and on Slate Lane in Holymoorside.
Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious, or who may have noticed a silver car type van, in these areas yesterday, and would also appeal for anyone who may have dashcam or CCTV footage to contact them.
Acting Inspector Colin McInulty, who is in charge of policing in the Chesterfield area, said: “While inquiries are currently ongoing into the circumstances of the incidents yesterday, it goes without saying that we are grateful for the support of our local communities, who by their reporting any suspicious activity, can potentially help us to both prevent and detect crime in their neighbourhood.
“If you have any information you think could help us in connection with the incidents which took place then please get in touch.”
The arrests come during the second week of Operation Relentless, a year-long initiative to tackle burglary, vehicle crime and robbery, which was brought in after public consultation has shown communities are concerned about crime, and the risk of having their house or car broken into.
Two weeks’ worth of targeted activity will boost officers’ efforts to tackle this type of crime, as well as robberies, while the operation is set to continue for the next 12 months.