20 arrested after crackdown on housebreaking

Crackdown yields 20 arrests.Picture: Ian Georgeson,
Crackdown yields 20 arrests.Picture: Ian Georgeson,
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TWENTY people have been arrested in Edinburgh as part of a crackdown on housebreaking and theft.

The arrests have taken place in the past week following 37 break-ins, which took place in the Trinity, Murrayfield, Kirkliston , Grange and city centre areas.

Those caught have been charged or reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

These arrests equate to a 52 per cent solvency rate for all reported housebreakings in Edinburgh over the course of that week.

One of the detected offences relates to the arrest of a 47-year-old man, who was apprehended on January 10 in connection with three break-ins and thefts from addresses in Trinity.

A large quantity of jewellery worth £10,000 was also recovered.

The man is scheduled to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday (Monday).

Detective Inspector John Kavanagh said: “Officers across Edinburgh have been carrying out various lines of enquiry of the past week to identify those responsible for housebreaking and acquisitive crime throughout the Capital.

“As a result, 20 people have since been subject to police action and we continue to investigate further to bring more offenders to justice as part of Operation RAC.

“While we are delighted with the number of arrests being made in relation to housebreaking, we are committed to stopping the public falling victim in the first instance and we have taken a proactive approach to providing our communities with crime prevention advice if and when it is required.”