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Police make crime spree breakthrough

Created on 10/04/2011 @ 10:07
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A youth has been arrested in connection with the recent spate of drain cover thefts from villages in the Welshpool area.
Police say the thefts were posing a serious danger to life and the 17 year-old from St Martin’s, Shropshire, who has not been named for legal reasons, has been released on police bail until May 13 with a condition that he does not enter Powys. A vehicle linked to the offence has also been seized.
Police have praised the public for their support in making the arrest, confirming it was beady eyed residents who raised the alarm and as a result, the most recent theft of seven storm drain covers from Guilsfield have been recovered and returned.
The suspect has been linked to a similar offence in Llansantffraid and enquiries continue into other offences across Montgomeryshire.
Inspector Diane Davies said: “I have personally phoned members of the public who provided this lead to thank them. There is no doubt that their information has led to the identification of a suspect and also the recovery of stolen property. The theft of drain covers is particularly frustrating especially when you consider the value that this kind of theft realizes against the cost of replacement and the danger that is potentially raised to the public as a result of the theft.”
Police have urged the public to remain vigilant as the area continues to be targeted by criminals looking for an easy pay day, especially in rural areas. If you suspect something or someone suspicious, call Welshpool Police Station on 101.
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