POLICE IN Oldham have arrested a man in connection with a string of commercial burglaries.
On Monday 4 July 2016, police were called to Uppermill Conservative Club following reports of a burglary.
Officers attended and discovered an offender had forced his way into the property and broken into a store cupboard, where a large number of spirit bottles were kept.
The burglar caused nearly £1,000 of damage and stole close to £500 worth of alcohol.
Several hours after this burglary was reported, Greater Manchester Police received a call regarding a man acting suspiciously near to Smithy Yard in Uppermill.
In responding to this call, an officer arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of burglary.
A full search of the scene allowed officers to recover property from the Conservative Club burglary, as well as a glove which matched one left behind at the scene of the crime.
The 40-year-old man arrested has also been linked to a number of other burglaries in the area, including a burglary and fraud in Royton and a break-in at a house in Oswestry, Shropshire.
Detective Sergeant Darren Grafton, of GMP’s Oldham Division, said: “Over the last six months there has been an increase of such burglaries in Saddleworth and the surrounding areas.
“This has rightly seen a rise in frustration felt by residents, who have reacted by holding meetings and starting a press campaign, which officers in Oldham have been supporting.
“This is the latest in a number of arrests and convictions in relation to this increase of burglaries, and demonstrates officers are continuing to work tirelessly to reduce this type of crime in the area.
“We continue to listen to the concerns of our residents and would like to assure them that we will do what we can to reverse this worrying spike in burglary offences and support any positive action the community wishes to take in that aim.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.