A home in Great Barr was raided today as part of an operation across the West Midlands, Staffordshire and London, targeting burglary and robbery suspects.
At around 7am officers forced entry to 11 addresses to search for suspects. In total five men and a woman, in their 20s and 30s, have been taken into custody.
One of the properties was in Great Barr, while others were raided in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, Sparkbrook, Burton-on-Trent and Tamworth.
The raids relate to offences during May, June and July of this year in locations including Nuneaton, Sutton Coldfield and Norton in Stourbridge, plus Rugeley and Fradley in Staffordshire.
Assistant Chief Constable Nick Baker, from Staffordshire Police, said: “Today’s raids relate to offences which occurred during May, June and July of this year in locations including Nuneaton, Sutton Coldfield and Norton in the West Midlands, and Rugeley and Fradley in Staffordshire.
“So far five men and a woman have been arrested and they will be questioned while officers continue to search the targeted addresses
“This detailed and painstaking investigation is focused on a group suspected of being involved in violent robberies across the Midlands. They are also suspected of stealing high powered cars in house burglaries then using these vehicles to commit further crimes.
“I hope this sends a message to the criminals that we have the skills, capability and determination to tackle organised crime like this. We have been working very closely with our colleagues in the West Midlands and Metropolitan Police areas and today’s raids involved officers from the Mets flying squad and newly formed National Crime Agency.”