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25 October 2014, 09:59 | Updated: 25 October 2014, 10:03
A 19 year-old Stopsley man has been arrested after a police raid following a series of burglaries in the area over the past month.
Officers from the North Herts Safer Neighbourhood Team, Local Crime Group, Scorpion and Tactical teams carried out the warrant at the Bedfordshire travellers site, supported by officers from Bedfordshire Police.
A Cocker Spaniel and several ferrets, believed to have been stolen from an address in Hexton, near Hitchin on Tuesday night (Oct 21), were located at the site, along with a Labrador and seven puppies, which are also believed to have been stolen from an address in Luton Hoo.
Around 25 different power tools, which are thought to have been stolen during burglaries in North Herts over the past month were also seized, along with a chipping machine and a caravan which are also believed to have been stolen.
North Herts Chief Inspector Julie Wheatley said:
"I'm thrilled with this result. We had received several reports of dogs and other animals being stolen in the North Herts area so it became a real issue for us. As a result, we utilised a large number of resources and worked closely with Bedfordshire Police to help tackle the problem quickly.
Yesterday's result is a really good example of several teams working together, including members of the public, to target those who commit crime."
Anyone who has recently had tools stolen from the North Herts area and thinks any of these items may belong to them is asked to contact the Local Crime Unit at Hitchin via the Herts Police non-emergency number 101.