Nottinghamshire Police officers have recovered over £3 million of stolen goods and arrested six people after executing a warrant at a business premises in North Lincolnshire.
It follows an investigation into two burglaries which happened at Chicco Artsana in Sutton-In-Ashfield on 29 and 30 May 2017. During the burglaries over 3,000 units of baby and child products, worth around £250,000, were stolen including pushchairs, baby chairs, cribs and child car seats.
A thorough investigation was immediately commenced led by Sergeant Simon Scales who is a Partnership Sergeant covering the Ashfield District area. As a result of this investigation Sgt Scales, along with local District Beat Managers and officers from the Neighbourhood Support Units, executed a warrant, on 1 June 2017, at a business premises which lies within the Humberside Police Force area.
From this location officers not only recovered nearly 1,700 of the stolen Chicco products but also recovered thousands of other stolen items including laptops, consumables and lorries of various sizes and also located a significant cannabis grow.
Officers from Nottinghamshire Police are now working with detectives from Humberside Police in progressing this aspect of the investigation. Forensic officers from both Nottinghamshire and Humberside also attended the premises.
On Friday 16 June 2017, as a result of further enquires, Sgt Scales along with other officers from the Ashfield District Neighbourhood Team, Neighbourhood Support Unit and Tactical Support Team worked with several teams from West Yorkshire in executing a number of warrants in the Leeds area. A number of arrests were made and a large volume of property relating to this and other matters have been recovered.
Sgt Scales said: “The case is fast paced, linking in criminality from across four Force areas. The investigation, although complex, is progressing positively and I’d like to thank Chicco Artsana, West Yorkshire Police and Humberside Police for their assistance.”
Four men and a woman from the North Lincolnshire area, aged 59, 59, 33, 62 and 42, and a 33-year-old man, from the Leeds area, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and have since been released pending further investigation.
If anyone has any information that could assist the investigation, please contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 125 of 30 May 2017, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.