Burglary suspects arrested within minutes of 999 call

Two suspected burglars were arrested within minutes of a 999 call today as West Midlands Police carried out a night of action targeting thieves.

Eight people were held in all, including a pair who were arrested after allegedly breaking into a garage in Birmingham.

Officers headed to a report of a burglary in progress on Willow Road, Bournville, at 4.22am.

The thieves forced open a double garage door with a crowbar, but were disturbed by police.

Officers chased the suspects and two men aged 19 were under arrest by 4.35am, and a crowbar was recovered.

Elsewhere, officers arrested two suspected burglars in Coventry and Birmingham in pre-planned raids.

The 27-year-old arrested in Coventry was held after a car was stolen in a burglary earlier this month.

The 18-year-old was arrested in Aston after a break-in Shirley earlier this year in which a car was stolen.

And in Erdington, four men were arrested, and gloves and a glass breaking tool were recovered, when officers spotted a suspicious van.

Det Insp Michelle Allen, from Force CID, said: “This was a great night of activity, with some really good arrests that were both planned and spontaneous.

“Tackling burglary is a priority for West Midlands Police. There’s nothing worse than having your own home targeted, especially at this time of year when many people will have Christmas presents in their homes.

“We’ve got lots more activity planned to keep up the pressure on burglars.”