Woman arrested on suspicion of burglary

First published in News

A CALL about suspicious activity outside a rural property on the outskirts of Alvechurch led to the arrest of a woman on suspicion of burglary on Wednesday, January 8.

Officers recovered golfing equipment and power tools stolen in that burglary but have also seized other items including a customised skateboard, fishing rod and gardening implements which are believed to have been stolen from other premises.

The 39-year-old Studley woman who was arrested was taken to Kidderminster for questioning and then released on police bail until March 5 pending further inquiries.

She was found in a car in Watery Lane, Alvechurch, at about 2.25am after police responded to a call from a member of the public who was suspicious after seeing someone loading property into a vehicle outside an address in Weatheroak Hill, off the A435 between Alvechurch and Wythall.

Items stolen from a garage at that property were recovered following the arrest along with the skateboard, rod and power tools. There was also gardening equipment including a McCulloch hedge trimmer and a leaf blower/vacuum of the same make.

Detective Constable Cheryl Jones of Redditch CID said: “We strongly believe these items were stolen from other garages, sheds and outbuildings in the Weatheroak Hill area of Alvechurch, probably the same evening, but we need people to come forward and identify them.

“People don’t necessarily go into their outbuildings at this time of year due to the bad weather so they might not even realise they have been burgled. We would ask people to check their sheds and garages and let us know immediately if they find anything missing and suspect that any of the items we have seized may belong to them.

“We are obviously grateful for the report we received which led to the arrest but we are also interested in hearing from anyone else who noticed suspicious activity in that area on Tuesday night or yesterday morning.”

Witnesses or anyone with information should call officers at Redditch CID on the non-emergency number 101, quoting incident reference 35-S-080114. Details may also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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