A GARAGE in Redditch was searched as police launched a new campaign tackling car key burglary.
Officers from West Mercia Police, Warwickshire Police and West Midlands Police conducted warrants at various business and residential premises throughout the region, including Redditch.
The raids, on Monday, September 10, and part of Operation Protect, were organised after a series of car key burglaries throughout West Mercia and Warwickshire, in which high value cars have been stolen from drives.
A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen goods and possession of a firearm and has been remanded in custody, and a 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary has been released on police bail.
Officers also seized various car parts believed to be from stolen vehicles and a shotgun.
In addition the team enlisted the help of Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, to cut locks from a number of containers found at the site.
Detective Sergeant Alan Edwards from West Mercia Police said: “We take car key burglaries extremely seriously and tackling serious and organised crime remains a priority for us. Working closely with our neighbouring forces is key to ensuring our communities are made safer and more secure and we hope that people feel reassured that offenders will be brought to justice.”
Protect is a campaign being run by West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police alongside a range of partner agencies to tackle serious and organised crime.