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Antique recovered before it's stolen!
Quick-Thinking Police Recover Stolen Antique Before it's Reported Missing
Officers spotted a suspicious vehicle in the Tewkesbury Road at about 5.45pm on Thursday, January 11th and when it failed to stop pursued it to Rowanfield Exchange.
On stopping and searching the van they discovered a quantity of scrap metal and the table worth £250.
A 43-year-old Cheltenham man was arrested from the vehicle on suspicion of taking a vehicle without consent and handling stolen goods.
Residents of a house in Sandhurst subsequently reported the table stolen just after 6pm and the man was further arrested for burglary. He is currently helping police with inquiries.
Detective Inspector Steve Bean said: "Due to the vigilance of these traffic officers, stolen property was recovered before it had even been reported missing. It has now been safely returned to the rightful owners. This is an excellent example of the effectiveness of routine police work and goes hand-in-hand with our regular intelligence-led operations. The message to local thieves is clear: if you choose to commit crime, you will be caught and locked up."
To help prevent burglaries, residents are reminded to ensure their home's doors and windows are secured even if they are going out for a very short time. It's also advisable to keep doors locked and windows shut even when you're at home but in another room.
: 12/01/2007 15:39:49
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