Men arrested after £40k stolen antiques are found
More than £40,000 worth of antiques stolen in burglaries across the Bath area have been found in police raids this week.
Officers carried out warrants in the city and in Midsomer Norton on Monday and arrested three men on suspicion of burglary and handling stolen goods.
They also recovered almost 100 items of stolen property, including £40,000 worth of antique furniture which had been taken from a house in St James's Square at the weekend.
This included a matching pair of 18th-century marble- topped tables and a 19th-century wooden box containing glasses and decanters.
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Police have also found a carriage clock, worth more than £4,000, which had been stolen from a house in Forrester Road, in Bathwick, in August while the owners were on holiday.
It was among around 80 other suspected stolen items seized from a house in Midsomer Norton.
Detectives are now trying to work out where they originally came from so they can be returned to the rightful owners.
Det Chief Insp Nick Papuca, of Bath CID, said he was pleased with the haul, part of the Avon and Somerset force's Operation Relentless campaign.
He said: "This was a very successful start and sends out the clear message that we will be relentless in tracking down and dealing with people who commit serious acquisitive crimes.
"These people cause disruption and misery in our communities and we will be running numerous and frequent operations to disrupt their activities and bring them to justice."
Two men have been released on bail while the third, a 37-year-old man, was due in court yesterday, charged with burglary and theft.