Posted on 2nd March 2018
Two men have been arrested and three teenagers have their bikes back after they were stole thanks to community information and work by our Special Constables and local Safer Neighbourhood policing team.
Three mountain bikes, which belonged to a 13 year old and two 14 year old boys, were stolen from near Barclays Bank, Market Place, Heanor, between 8.30 and 8.45pm on Saturday, February 17.
On Sunday, February 18 another local teenager called police to say they thought they had seen one of the stolen bikes being ridden on Mundy Street.
Special Constables Daniel Waites and Peter Jones, along with two local Police Community Support Officers,spoke with the youngsters and although the bike they had seen was not the one which had been stolen, the officers picked up the investigation and were able to make further enquiries.
Based on the information they received, SCs Waites and Jones, together with local Safer Neighbourhood officers arranged a search at an address in Heanor.
One of the stolen bikes was found at the property, and further intelligence led to the recovery of the two other bikes.
The men, aged 46 and 39 and both from the Heanor area, were arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods on Monday, February 19.
They have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeant Mark Weldon said: “Great teamwork between our Safer Neighbourhood officers and local Special Constables has helped us return these bikes back to children they were stolen from.
“We’re very grateful for the commitment of our Special Constables, and SC Waites’s effort has been instrumental in helping us to target anti-social behaviour in the Langley Mill area as well as around the investigation in this case. They make a valued contribution to our team, and give up their time to work directly with us to help us keep our local community safe.”
Sgt. Weldon added: “I would also like to thank those in the community who came forward with information, which was key in helping us to find the stolen bikes.”
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