Sandwell officers make successful metal theft arrests
15 May 2012
Sandwell officers targeting metal theft have had a successful result after a member of the public alerted them to the fact that someone was trying to sell a stolen memorial plaque.
The officers acted after a member of the public recognised the plaque. The bronze plaque, which was made of brass and measured approximately 3ft x 2 ft, had been taken from the Ethelfleda Memorial Gardens, Church Hill, Wednesbury.
Acting on the information they received, officers visited scrap dealerships in the area. After further investigation, two men aged 24 and 30 from Friar Park, Wednesbury were arrested at a scrap yard in West Bromwich.
Both men were later bailed pending further enquiries.
PC James Proffitt from the metal theft reduction team at West Bromwich said "This is a great example of the local community and local scrap dealers working closely with the police to stamp out this type of crime. These arrests are really encouraging, metal theft is an issue across the force and this is a great example of what we can achieve when we work together with the local community."
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