Police have arrested nine people as part of a major investigation to tackle a cross-county crime gang believed to be responsible for stealing a quarter of a million pounds of jewellery, cash and high value items in Cherwell.
Thames Valley Police are now appealing for information to help them make further arrests as they seek those responsible for 25 domestic burglaries in the Bicester and Banbury area between July 16 and September 9, as well as a couple of burglaries in the Bicester area this month.
The recent offences resembled those between July and September, which made officers realise they had probably managed to drive the burglars out of Banbury but that a gang is still active in Bicester.
Detective Sergeant Steve Birchall said the burglary spike is currently the number one priority for the Cherwell Local Policing Area, resulting in unprecedented levels of resource being pumped into the Operation Justified campaign.
DS Birchall said:“We don’t believe this gang is local, we believe they are coming into Cherwell from outside the area to commit these offences.
“These offences happened in a really short space of time and we carried out analysis to find out they were linked.”
DS Birchall issued a plea for people to come forward with information and added: “If you see someone acting suspiciously, see a suspicious vehicle in your street or come across stolen goods, call us on 999. We will check it out.
“We’ve got officers out there right now targeting this area. Help us catch somebody.”
Johnny Cash, 22, of Alphage Walk, Edgware, Middlesex, has been charged with burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary. He will appear at Oxford Crown Court on December 13. Eight other men, who cannot be named, have also been arrested and detained on police bail.