Man charged in relation to £100,000 Asian gold burglaries across the North East – Chronicle Live
A man has been charged in connection with a string of high-value burglaries across the North East.
Last year an investigation was launched after jewellery was stolen in 18 raids at properties across the region.
The majority of the stolen goods were Asian gold and the estimated value of the goods stolen in the raids exceeded £100,000.
Police say enquiries to identify those involved have been ongoing and a number of enquiries have been carried out.
Earlier this week a 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.
Darren Kelly, of Stanmore Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, appeared before Walsall Magistrates’ Court on June 20.
Detective Constable Michael Scott said it was a positive update for victims but revealed none of the stolen items have been recovered.
He said: “Our enquiries have been ongoing now for a number of months and the arrest this week shows we won’t stop investigating.
“This should come as a positive update for victims but unfortunately we have still been unable to locate any of the stolen goods.
“We have a number of lines of enquiry that we are still following at this time and our efforts to find those responsible will continue.
“Burglaries of this nature can be very distressing for victims and it is our duty to investigate them properly.
“We need the public to work with us and anyone who sees suspicious activity in their community should contact police.”
Darren Kelly will appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court on July 18.