Officers from Hampshire Constabulary, assisted by a team from the Ministry of Defence, arrested three people in Portsmouth on Thursday, January 19, as part of an investigation into cycle crime.
The arrests were part of Operation Cluedo, the Charles Dickens Neighbourhood Policing Team’s ongoing work to tackle crime in the city, following community intelligence.
A 16-year-old boy, from Fratton, has been arrested on suspicion of theft of a pedal cycle and conspiracy to steal from another.
A 22-year-old man, also from Fratton, has been arrested on suspicion of theft of a pedal cycle and of conspiracy to steal from another.
A 22-year-old man, from Southsea, has been arrested on suspicion of theft of a pedal cycle and of conspiracy to steal from another.
The three men have been bailed until March 13, 2017.
We always encourage members of the public to register their cycles and other valuables on the free as this increases the chance of items being returned to the rightful owner.
Sergeant Richard Holland said: “We continue to work hard to proactively identify and deal with those involved in cycle crime in Portsmouth. As these arrests show, we will utilise the support of other police forces to ensure that we deal robustly with offenders.
“The public can of course help us to tackle the problem by reporting suspicious activity and by using a quality D lock to secure their bike.
“We would like to thank the public for their assistance, and encourage people to get in touch if they have any information.”
Anyone with information regarding cycle theft is asked to contact police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, or if a crime is in progress, please dial 999.