Three men suspected of carrying out a series of ram raids at businesses across the region have been arrested following an early morning pursuit involving West Midlands Police’s dog unit, traffic teams and helicopter.
Police were alerted at 11.30pm last night (6/11) after men armed with crowbars smashed their way inside a Co-op store in Sedgley Road in Dudley, before trying in vain to prize open a cash machine.
They fled empty-handed but it’s understood they struck again just before midnight at a jewellers in Hockley Street in Hockley, and used a blow torch to cut through security shutters.
Details of a Land Rover used in both offences was radioed round to West Midlands Police units just after midnight the police helicopter spotted it on Billesley Lane in Moseley – but not before it was used again to ram raid a money exchange shop in Kings Heath.
Traffic teams pursued the car which understood to have been stolen during a burglary in the West Midlands into Small Heath where it was abandoned near Walford Road.
Three men bolted from the vehicle but their bid to evade officers was short lived: two men were plucked from the nearby canal while a third suspect was found hiding in trees.
Super sniffers from West Midlands Police’s Dog Unit also uncovered a ski mask and gloves believed to have been discarded by the fleeing men.
Three men aged 26, 28 and 29 remain in police custody this morning on suspicion of burglary.
They will also be questioned about two ram raids in the space of 15 minutes yesterday morning (6/11) first at Argos on Kings Heath High Street at 2.45am followed by an attempted break-in at a jewellery shop on Yardley Wood Road.
Force Incident Manager, Chief Inspector Stu Bill, praised the teamwork of all the police units involved in the arrest.
He said: “We had response officers at the scene of last night’s break-ins within matter of minutes – details of the Land Rover were passed to colleagues and the force helicopter was quickly on their tail.
“Traffic officers successfully pursued the men, forcing them to abandon the car, and our dog unit helped with the arrests and to seize vital evidence. A fantastic result, police teamwork at its best.”