STUDLEY was hit by a mini crime wave last week with 10 cases reported by local police, including one where a member of the public was threatened by a hammer-wielding gang.
The spate began on Wednesday, June 12 at 12.40pm when a debit / credit card accidentally left in a shop was picked up and used at another village business.
The same day, at 5.25pm, a man cutting a hedge in New Road put his Husqvarna trimmer down between jobs only to see someone pick it up and run off with it.
On Thursday, June 13 a van in Bell Lane was broken into just after 2pm and numerous tools were taken.
About an hour later another van, this time in Middletown Lane, was also raided.
That evening, at around 11.30pm, a group of men hanging around a building were challenged by a passerby.
They produced hammers and threatened the person before walking off, leaving behind a stolen BMW car.
In the early hours of the following day, Friday, June 14, three men were spotted trying to get into a house in Rowlands Avenue.
The same day a house in Holt Gardens was raided and car keys stolen, the thieves making off with the car.
Police say burglaries were also reported in Bromsgrove Road,, New Road, and Holt Gardens the same day.