Episode 12 Robbed, Raided, Reunited


Episode 12

Series looking at burglary - its culprits, its victims and the police. In this episode, a set of stolen antique snuff boxes worth thousands of pounds are tracked down.


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Burglaries are on the increase.

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It's a real trauma for, for all of us.

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Usually only certain people moving around in their vehicles at night. That's taxi drivers,

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emergency service and villains.

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Thieves not just targeting the expensive gadgets in our homes,

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they're taking our cherished heirlooms too.

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Your home is your sanctuary and nobody should be in your home.

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Items impossible to replace.

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Why go into someone's house

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and take away the things that are most important,

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their security and their safety?

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It's hard to take.

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I don't think they've got any scruples.

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But these prized possessions are often recovered.

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Get in there!

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The police are on our side.

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-Come, open the door, we're going to put it through.

-Police with a warrant, open the door.

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Specialist anti-burglary units across the UK...

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Come out now and make yourself known!

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..working with the latest technology...

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If your print's hot at a crime scene, we're going to talk to you about it and ask why.

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..and the good citizens among us...

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I did say I'd stop

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and just make sure that the whole family was all right.

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..to track down the burglars,

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and get us back our stolen goods.

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They took so much trouble, especially when he suddenly said,

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"Joyce, got the ring, coming round with it!"

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It was fantastic.

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It was really lucky, so it was nice to get him back.

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This is Robbed, Raided, Reunited.

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Thank you so much.

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They're very good, yes.

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So rewarding, such a happy day.

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On today's programme...

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Hertfordshire Police go after a dangerous gang

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of teenage thieves who target leisure centres.

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These guys are quite cocky, quite brash and they are career criminals.

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They see getting arrested as an occupational hazard.

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The anger felt by one man,

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when he discovers his home has been broken into.

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-BLEEP

-..my second drawer this morning.

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I knew not to leave it there, I normally hide it.

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And Wiltshire Police are on the case

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of a gang who ransacked a Lord's home...

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At the time, this was the biggest robbery we'd had in Wiltshire.

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..determined to recover a unique family legacy.

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'I love them.'

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I really do.

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It's early morning

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and officers from Hertfordshire are being briefed before a raid

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on a gang of four teenage thieves.

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The operation name for today is Operation Crevice.

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It's targeting an organised crime group,

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who are actively seeking to burgle commercial premises.

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The four-man gang target leisure centres

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for cigarettes, alcohol and slot machines

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and DC Bill Patterson wants his 30 officers

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to concentrate all their efforts on finding these men.

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The intention of this is to execute warrants under section 8

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and to recover evidence related to these offences.

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In particular, items of clothing that are key to the investigation,

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as well as mobile phones and SIM cards.

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All four subjects will be arrested on suspicion

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of conspiracy to commit a commercial burglary

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at the Hollywood Bowl in North Watford.

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The gang's well-known to the police

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and officers like DS Cary Bull

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know they've got to apprehend them as soon as possible.

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These guys are quite cocky, quite brash

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and they are career criminals.

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They see getting arrested as an occupational hazard.

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Their lifestyle is crime. They live by the proceeds of crime.

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What happens generally is if we get sufficient evidence

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to charge them with an offence,

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they will spend time on remand, and, or in prison,

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and then they'll come back out and that cycle will start again.

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Because these men are habitual criminals,

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they're not going to come easily. They're known to use every trick in the book to evade capture.

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With this group in the past, we've had issues where phone calls

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have gone in from one person to another.

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It's key we secure the phones of everyone in the addresses,

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and don't allow them to make any phone calls.

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Please wear all your personal protective equipment.

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We don't know how hostile the people in the addresses might be

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and whether there'll be any resistance.

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Just two weeks earlier,

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the gang was caught on CCTV acting suspiciously in a leisure centre.

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But that was not enough to gain a conviction.

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What I can tell you with this particular group, they are quite clever.

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They're on CCTV wearing identifiable clothing.

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By the time they're stopped by police acting suspiciously, they have done a clothes swap,

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in order to frustrate the detection of their criminality.

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In today's raid,

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the police are going to try and find items of clothing or other evidence

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that will tie the men to the day they were caught on CCTV.

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The plan is for the officers to be split into four teams

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and then simultaneously raid the suspects' homes.

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One team, led by Sergeant Steve Body, is going for the gang leader.

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About, 2, 3 minutes away. When we get there,

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we'll be looking to force entry to the premises,

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predominately so we don't lose evidence.

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We'll get 'em secure and we'll carry out a search of the address from there.

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Sergeant Body also wants to find any SIM cards.

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The actual SIM card itself will be key to the investigation, in terms of what they have done

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and the evidence that will come from that, mainly to do with locations.

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But he's aware that the man has an unusual way of disposing of them.

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He swallows them.

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We don't want them secreting those either on his person

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or elsewhere in that particular property.

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Which, with something that size is very easy to do.

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Hopefully that's it down there on the right.

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Within minutes, the police teams are nearing the suspect's address.

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It's vital that all teams arrive simultaneously, so there's no time for the suspects

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to tip each other off.

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Yeah, left.

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With all the police teams now at their designated addresses,

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team one swiftly approaches the flat.

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Once at the door,

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they await Sergeant Body's command to go in.

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SHOUTING

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Room after room is cleared as they search for the suspected man.

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The house is empty. We're happy there's no-one in it.

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It's the usual place we come to for these particular individuals.

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Minimal property, a bit of a mess to be perfectly honest!

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We'll give it the once over now,

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obviously check and see if there are any phones, SIM cards and the like,

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We've got specifics for clothing as well.

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-So, we'll see what we can uncover.

-With the suspect not there,

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the police start a systematic search of the flat

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looking for evidence.

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One of the officers has found some paperwork relating to a vehicle

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that might belong to the suspect.

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-What's that?

-We've got something. We've got a vehicle form anyway.

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Do you want to go and have a look outside for that?

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Immediately, officers including PC Simon Nelson scour the streets

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-looking for his van.

-It's a vehicle

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that he's linked to. We'll look to see if the vehicle's parked outside

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and if it's not, we may consider waiting for the vehicle to come back.

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With no vehicle found,

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the police leave a patrol car in case the suspect comes back.

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Police are not entirely surprised the suspect was not at this address.

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One of the characteristics of criminals is that they never stay long

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at any one address, moving from place to place to avoid capture.

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They swap clothes, they're using stuff like that.

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There were some specific items of clothing,

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but a quick glance around here...

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I think there's a pair of shorts there and that's about it! Which gives the impression,

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he bums around, he sofa surfs... There's next to naff all here, really.

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This man seemed prepared to go to any lengths should he ever be threatened with capture.

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We have a hammer next to the bed.

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And a knife.

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Probably for protection, I imagine, if somebody was to come in. Like we did.

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As well as leaving his weapons lying around, PC Spencer Neill

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also finds vital memory cards.

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It's a memory card for a phone.

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This is apparently an SD card for a mobile phone.

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It's a two gigabyte memory chip for the actual phone itself.

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It could hold information relating to where he's been and what he's doing,

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anything really.

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Beside the SIM cards,

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police have also found some important papers linking the suspect with the other gang members.

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I'm sure he'll turn up, they don't tend to stay at large for too long.

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The paperwork we found here shows they all associate together

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and they've been arrested together in the Met

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and bailed for an offence for that,

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so there's a good chance he may well turn up somewhere with them.

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With all the evidence bagged up,

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Sergeant Body's team heads off back to the station.

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The four-team raid of Operation Crevice has been a huge success.

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Another team, including officer Martin Sturgess,

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has arrested two of the gang members.

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We attended the address, he actually answered the door

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on arriving there

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and he was arrested by myself.

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Whilst we were searching the address,

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a small quantity of cannabis was found. He was further arrested for that offence

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and obviously brought here to Hatfield custody today.

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-Do you understand what you're in for, mate?

-Yeah.

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You will be interviewed about it.

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With two of the gang members arrested,

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Detective Sergeant Kerry Bull

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-immediately starts assessing the evidence the teams have brought in.

-These are some of the exhibits

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that were seized from the job this morning. What we've got,

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essentially, is some identifiable clothing back,

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as depicted as worn by the offenders in CCTV.

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We've got a number of mobile phones and SIM cards back.

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We've got a number of items,

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documentation that show that these people are known to each other.

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We'll look through those exhibits. We'll see whether they impact

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on the case immediately that we present to the CPS and essentially, look to enhance

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our evidential case for conspiracy against these guys.

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You need to go to your right a little bit

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Just sit up very slightly for me. Hold it there.

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-Yeah.

-The two arrested men

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are quickly processed by having their fingerprints

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and photographs taken.

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OK, lift off, mate.

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Get both thumbs on there like so.

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To help in gaining further evidence,

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the police have also taken impressions of their trainers.

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He was obviously quite annoyed

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that we were taking impressions of his shoes

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and obviously that could be something

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that could be quite important to the investigation.

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He may have left the impressions of his trainers there,

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that can be identified back to him.

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-OK. Someone will be down shortly.

-Yeah, that's all right.

-OK.

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It's a good result for the officers of Operation Crevice. Two men are locked up

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and they've got a huge amount of evidence they hope will identify the men on CCTV

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and help them find the other two gang members.

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These guys do lead quite a nomadic lifestyle

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and they do spend a fair bit of time in hotels, which are paid for by proceeds of crime

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and getting two out of the four is a good result

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and the two that we did get are probably our primary players.

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So, I'm very happy with the result so far.

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The Earl of Chichester is a hereditary title passed down for over 350 years.

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The present Earl, Lord John Chichester,

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lives at Little Durnford Manor in Wiltshire.

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Lord Chichester has a fascinating family lineage.

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His ancestors travelled the world,

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collecting rare antiques wherever they went.

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My grandmother was Argentinian

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and her father had emigrated to Argentina from Germany about 1850

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and they were collectors, they collected French furniture,

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most of which had been sold, Renaissance art, paintings...

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Over the years, Lord Chichester's grandparents

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amassed a hugely valuable collection of porcelain and ornaments,

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including a series of 18th-century gold snuff boxes, worth over £20,000 each.

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These became Lord Chichester's favourite pieces in the collection

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when he became their official custodian on behalf of the family.

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I love them.

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I really do.

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And some are very special and are definitely museum pieces.

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The precious heirlooms were kept safely at Durnford Manor for over 40 years.

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But then one summer's evening in 2002, a shocking event took place.

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I had just left for London

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and my wife had taken a friend of hers back to Salisbury

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and this break-in happened.

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With both the Earl and his wife out,

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a powerful 4x4 vehicle reversed through the back gates

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of Durnford Manor and up to the house.

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Intruders then smashed their way inside.

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The alarm went off, straight away,

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but they were very, very quick.

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Ignoring the alarm,

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the gang left a trail of destruction in their wake,

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ransacking the house

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and targeting the most valuable antiques they could find.

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They got out with over 30 items of porcelain.

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Some they left smashed on the ground.

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Most upsettingly, the 300-year-old gold snuff boxes were stolen.

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Within a very few minutes with the alarms ringing, they were gone.

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In total, the burglars had stolen

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possessions to the value of £1 million

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and had stripped Lord Chichester of a family legacy

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dating back generations.

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For the Earl, the loss of the antiques

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wasn't his first concern, rather the threat the gang could have posed to his family

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-if they'd been at home.

-I kept thinking somebody

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could've been in the house. They could've hurt or injured someone.

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I felt I should have done more,

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maybe we should have closed all the shutters.

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But the alarm was set, the alarm was on.

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As soon as they smashed the window, the alarm went off.

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I don't know really what else one can do.

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Wiltshire Police immediately launched a major investigation

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to catch the gang responsible.

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Among the officers at the scene was Detective Sgt Nigel Porter.

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At the time, this was the biggest robbery we'd had in Wiltshire,

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in fact in the region.

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It was taken to be a very serious offence,

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the amount of violence that was used towards property.

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As the investigation got under way,

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it soon became clear this was the work of an organised criminal gang.

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The thieves had been careful

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not to leave any forensic evidence at the scene.

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With forensics drawing a blank,

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the officers had to rely on more old-fashioned police methods.

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The first few hours of investigation into a burglary,

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of any magnitude, is extremely important,

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to gather evidence and at that point, we made a strategic decision

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to do house-to-house enquiries as far as we could.

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We were, in a sense, doing village-to-village enquiries.

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We walked for miles.

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The window of opportunity

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to recover the stolen items was likely to be small.

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But later that afternoon, the police made a remarkable breakthrough

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when they knocked on the door of a local woman.

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We were amazed to find that she had, in fact,

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walked through Lord Chichester's property

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and she'd seen a vehicle with some males

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and that she was unhappy with and she recorded their registration.

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The woman's quick thinking

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had provided an excellent first lead for the team to follow.

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As a result of that, we then, with the use

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of the police national computer,

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were able to identify the owner,

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which led us to identify, physically identify,

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members of this organised crime group from Cheltenham,

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which was well known throughout the country

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to commit this type of offence.

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The car's registration

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had provided a strong clue to the identity of the gang responsible.

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It seems this would be the defining moment of the investigation.

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But despite arresting a suspect linked to the car,

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without hard evidence,

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the police were unable to bring a case

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against any of the suspected gang members.

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For Lord Chichester,

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it seemed all hope of recovering his precious heirlooms was lost.

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However, DS Porter and his team

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remained determined to reunite Lord Chichester with the stolen antiques.

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We then continued with our efforts to recover some of the property

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and then hopefully, get evidence of that property

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being in the possession of another suspect.

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The organised crime group we had identified,

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we know that they're well-practised at this type of offence

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and also, they've got a chain

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which they can distribute the property to once they have taken it.

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Stolen antiques can be transported anywhere in the world.

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The officers knew they would need to act quickly

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to prevent Lord Chichester's heirlooms disappearing without a trace.

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Their first step was to add the missing items to the Art Loss Register,

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the world's largest database of lost and stolen antiques.

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This register has helped recover

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over £160 million worth of stolen items,

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since it was set up in 1991.

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With the Earl's collection on the register, the police knew if anyone tried to sell the items on

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through a legitimate dealer,

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they would be able to intercept the sale.

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All they and Lord Chichester could do was wait and hope.

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After several weeks with no news,

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DS Porter got the call he was waiting for.

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We were notified that some snuff boxes were, in fact,

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being put through to be checked by a reputable silver dealer.

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Wasting no time,

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DS Porter drove directly to the dealer's home in High Holborn,

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to identify the four snuff boxes.

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Using pictures provided by the Earl,

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he was able to confirm they were indeed his stolen antiques.

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We were very excited when we got the snuff boxes.

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In a career, it's very rare

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that we manage to recover items of that value.

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The dealer was able to pass on to the police

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the name of the man who had sold the snuff boxes to him.

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As officers swooped to arrest this man,

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DS Porter wanted to break the good news to Lord Chichester himself.

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We drove directly to his home and gave them back to him

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and he was elated.

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I am extremely grateful to DS Porter.

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I think he has done an absolutely terrific job.

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I cannot praise their persistence too highly.

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I am extremely grateful and it's wonderful to have these boxes back.

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Well done the police.

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On a busy estate in the Essex town of Southend,

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PC Chris Martin is answering a call to a suspected burglary.

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We've had a very brief call

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from some guy who's saying that his wife's just phoned him

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saying that everything's gone from the house.

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In Britain, there are nearly three-quarters of a million burglaries every year.

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Most of these happen to homes where thieves gain access

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through ground-floor windows or the back of the premises.

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So, when the police get a call to a sixth floor flat,

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it's considered highly unusual.

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Basically, in a high-rise block of flats,

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burglaries are rare in those places

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because it's obviously difficult to get into.

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The front door being the only real access point.

0:19:420:19:44

Hello, PC Martin from Southend. Talk to me about what's happened.

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-I've only been out a couple of hours.

-Yeah.

-When I came back,

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the drawers had all been pulled out.

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It was owner Loretta McDonald who made the shocking discovery

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that her home had been broken into.

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-Obviously that's the only way they've come in.

-Yeah, but I don't lock it. That's the thing.

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Why don't you lock your front door?

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I didn't think they were that easy to get into.

0:20:140:20:17

While PC Martin waits for the scenes of crime officer to arrive,

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Loretta shows him where the items have been stolen from, but she's convinced the thieves

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saw her coming home and ran away.

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-What's gone?. Talk me through what's gone.

-Just money.

-Where was that?

0:20:280:20:31

-All my drawers were all pulled out.

-Right.

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-The drawers in there were all pulled out.

-How much was in the money box?

0:20:360:20:39

-There was only £30, it was my baby's little money box.

-OK, where was that?

-It was on here

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and my partner had some money in the drawer and that's gone. Just the cash.

0:20:440:20:47

I think they were going to try and come back and get that as well.

0:20:470:20:51

-They have seen you and scarpered, haven't they?

-Yeah. Just as well.

0:20:520:20:56

-So this is your room? And this was out?

-The drawers were all out, yeah.

0:20:560:20:59

-I put the other drawers back, but I shouldn't have.

-Don't touch too much.

0:20:590:21:02

-Is it your husband that phoned us?

-Partner.

-Partner, sorry.

-He lives with me.

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She hasn't lifted the handle up on the front door to lock it,

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so very easily opened with a screwdriver, albeit no marks.

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The stuff's lined up down there,

0:21:110:21:13

so there's a couple of people looking out the window,

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they've recognised her go out, know where she lives,

0:21:160:21:18

come in quickly, seen her come back and they've got away with half of what they planned to take,

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which is a blessing in disguise, perhaps.

0:21:230:21:25

PHONE RINGS

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I'm most upset about the money box.

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I think that's the lowest of the low, doing things like that.

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As Loretta is about to give her statement,

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her partner Nick Cook arrives back home in a state of high anxiety.

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-Hello, are you all right?

-I was the one who called you.

-Yeah, yeah.

0:21:390:21:44

-Yeah, I've just started taking the statement. Did you run?

-Yeah.

0:21:440:21:48

BLEEP!

0:21:480:21:51

I'm not going to feel safe in here now.

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-I've only been out about

-BLEEP

-an hour. Ten o'clock.

0:21:570:22:00

I've only been about an hour, haven't I?

0:22:000:22:03

Oh, God. They must have seen you coming back.

0:22:030:22:05

-Yeah, I know.

-Or else they'd have taken the

-BLEEP

-stuff.

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Nick's anger increases

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when he starts to check where thieves have been.

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I was in too much of a shock,

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now I realise his money box has gone

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and I thought, oh no.

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Have you put the drawers back in?

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BLEEP. BLEEP.

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-The jewellery box was in that

-BLEEP

-drawer.

-Apart from the jewellery box,

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Nick becomes livid

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when he sees that his money has been stolen from one of the drawers.

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-I left my money in that

-BLEEP

-second drawer this morning.

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My money was right there,

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-on the corner of that

-BLEEP

-jewellery box.

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-I knew not to leave it there! I normally hide it.

-BLEEP.

0:22:390:22:42

-I can't

-BLEEP

-believe it.

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-Were these out?

-Yes.

-Why have they gone back in?

0:22:470:22:50

They said don't touch 'em.

0:22:500:22:52

I know, but I just don't like it all like that.

0:22:520:22:55

The trauma of having their home broken into

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-suddenly replaces the anger.

-It's all right,

0:22:570:23:01

they're only possessions, aren't they?

0:23:010:23:03

They've not hurt anyone. It's all right. It's all right.

0:23:030:23:06

SHE CRIES

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-It's my kid's

-BLEEP

-room.

-That's what's upset me so much!

-Scumbags!

-BLEEP.

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It looks like before the thieves were interrupted,

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they had stacked more of the couple's possessions in the hallway.

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This only increases Nick's anger and frustration.

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-I'll move that.

-No! I didn't want you to touch it! BLEEP.

0:23:230:23:27

I didn't want you to touch it, because if there's any fingerprints...

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-BLEEP.

-I don't want people walking by and kicking my table, thanks.

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PC Martin is convinced that the burglars were watching out

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for Loretta to come home from the flat's balcony.

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What's the view like there, because they had a lookout, haven't they?

0:23:400:23:43

-Which way did you come in?

-I came up Philpott.

-OK.

0:23:430:23:47

They've seen you walking up. Through there.

0:23:470:23:49

It's just that feeling. Someone rooting around in your house.

0:23:490:23:52

-They only took the

-BLEEP

-money box.

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-And your money.

-My money.

-Anything they could get their hands on.

0:23:560:23:58

What did your son's money box look like?

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-Orange and blue.

-How much did it have in it?

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30 quid.

0:24:030:24:04

For Nick, it's stealing from his child that's causing him the most anger and distress.

0:24:040:24:09

-That's dirty.

-BLEEP.

-That's low, isn't it?

0:24:090:24:13

You blatantly know that's a kid's room.

0:24:130:24:15

You blatantly know that's a kid's money box.

0:24:150:24:18

To make matters worse,

0:24:180:24:20

the £120 stolen from the bedroom,

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was all the money Nick had.

0:24:220:24:23

-BLEEP.

-I've just got made redundant, so I'm

-BLEEP

-broke.

0:24:230:24:28

I normally hide it in my coat pocket or somewhere.

0:24:280:24:30

The scenes of crime officer has arrived

0:24:300:24:33

and after examining the door,

0:24:330:24:34

agrees with PC Martin

0:24:340:24:36

how the thieves broke in.

0:24:360:24:38

They have literally put a screwdriver in and moved it like that until they get this bit.

0:24:380:24:43

You can see with the screwdriver,

0:24:460:24:48

they've just made no damage here whatsoever.

0:24:480:24:49

Although no consolation to Nick and Loretta,

0:24:490:24:52

the break-in to a sixth floor flat

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is a first to an experienced officer like PC Martin.

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This is probably the first one I've ever been to

0:24:580:25:01

in a high-rise that's a genuine burglary.

0:25:010:25:03

We get people ringing up, trying to get a crisis loan and all that sort of stuff, yeah.

0:25:030:25:09

I'm not going to feel very safe in here now.

0:25:090:25:12

Seeing how scared Loretta is about staying in the flat on her own

0:25:120:25:15

has brought Nick's anger back.

0:25:150:25:17

They could come back now.

0:25:170:25:19

-Let them come back. I'll kick the

-BLEEP

-out of 'em.

0:25:190:25:22

I'm scared in case they try to get in when I'm in.

0:25:220:25:25

PC Martin has done all he can, so leaves to start working

0:25:280:25:32

-on tracking down the thieves and stolen property.

-Someone's stolen a money box

0:25:320:25:36

from a five-month-old baby... I mean, how low can you go?

0:25:360:25:39

You have to be some sort of scumbag to do that.

0:25:390:25:42

I can understand his anger,

0:25:420:25:44

but also he's come home and his partner's in floods of tears

0:25:440:25:46

and he's in a hard place at the moment, lost his job recently.

0:25:460:25:50

It's not fair - everything that he's got has just been taken.

0:25:500:25:53

Despite conducting forensic tests on Loretta and Nick's flat,

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no suspects or stolen goods have been found.

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But in the case of Lord Chichester's stolen antiques,

0:26:080:26:11

the man caught selling the gold snuff boxes was convicted

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of handling stolen goods

0:26:140:26:15

and received a two-year suspended sentence.

0:26:150:26:18

Lord Chichester has since improved the security at his home.

0:26:210:26:25

DS Porter and his team

0:26:250:26:26

are still working to try and track down

0:26:260:26:28

the missing pieces of his collection.

0:26:280:26:31

A few days after the Hertfordshire Police raids

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on the gang who targeted leisure centres,

0:26:330:26:37

officers found and arrested the two remaining members of the gang.

0:26:370:26:40

All four men were charged with conspiracy to burgle

0:26:400:26:43

and pleaded guilty.

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In this episode, a set of stolen antique snuff boxes worth thousands of pounds are tracked down and returned to their rightful owner; a young mother returns home to find burglars have ransacked her flat and taken her baby's money box; and police carry out co-ordinated raids to arrest members of a teenage gang suspected of theft.


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