Suffolk: Three Arrested Over War Medal Thefts

22 April 2013, 12:42 | Updated: 22 April 2013, 12:54

Three teenagers have been arrested after a Suffolk war veteran's medals were stolen while his family were at his funeral.

Family members were at the wake between 2.30pm and 5.40pm on Thursday and when they got home they found the home in Ashby, near Lowestoft had been burgled.

The three teenagers  - a 19-year-old man and two 16-year-old boys - were arrested on Friday evening, 19 April, after police were called to reports of suspicious behaviour in Corton Road in Lowestoft.

Response officers, CID detectives and a dog unit attended the scene after being contacted by a member of the public whose son had spotted three males acting suspiciously near a home there. Police are thanking these members of the public for their prompt action.

The three were arrested a short time later on suspicion of burglary after it was found a home in Corton Road had been broken into.

Following searches at properties linked to the three they were also arrested in connection with the Ashby burglary and in connection with the burglary of a garage in Royal Avenue between Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 April, where pedal cycles were stolen.

After the arrests a bag containing all five stolen medals was found on the doorstep of the burgled home in Ashby.

The teenagers have now been bailed to return to police on June 7, pending further enquiries.