Three teenagers arrested for Canton church lead theft

July 4, 2011 Comments Off on Three teenagers arrested for Canton church lead theft

Three teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of stealing lead from a church roof by plain-clothed officers.

In the early hours of Monday, South Wales Police received information about suspicious behaviour at St Mary’s Church, Kings Road, Canton.

As the call came over the radio officers patrolling the area, following a number of recent burglaries, were just metres away from the church.

A 14-year-old boy and 17-year-old male were arrested at the location.

A 19-year-old male was then located on the roof of the church and all three were arrested on suspicion of theft.

A sheet of lead believed to have been removed from the roof was recovered.

Sergeant Jayne Hill said: “Last week we had a number of burglaries in the Pontcanna area which we have been investigating as well as doing increased patrols in uniform and plain clothes.

“When a call came into the control room at 1.30am about individuals possibly on the roof of St Mary’s Church, it was extremely pleasing that officers were in the right place at the right time.

“They were able to arrest three people who remain in custody and locate some lead which it appears had been taken from the roof.

“Metal theft is not a victimless crime and stealing from a church, which provides refuge and comfort to the community, will not be tolerated.”

Operation Lilac is continuing in the Canton and Pontcanna area to prevent and detect burglaries. Residents are reminded to ensure their doors and windows are locked.

Birchgrove robbery

Two men aged 22 were arrested in Birchgrove, Cardiff, all suspicion of theft of lead from a house, this morning.

At around 1.30am officers received a report of a burglary in progress in Heol Powys and attended with a dog unit.

Two men were stopped a short distance away and arrested with the help of the dog.

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