Fifteen arrested as police raid 18 Sheffield homes in major street robbery investigation

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Eighteen Sheffield homes have been raided - with 15 arrests made - as part of a major police investigation into street robberies, burglaries and the handling of stolen goods.

Properties across the city have been raided over the past two days as part of covert investigation Operation Karamel, which has been running for the past six months.

Two men have now been charged, while more than 100 electronic items have been recovered, including laptops, tablets, mobile phones and computers.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Handley who has been leading the investigation said: “The main aims of this operation was to reduce crime in the city and reassure residents in Sheffield that we will do all we can to keep them safe.

“I am very pleased with the results over the last two days and we will aim to reunite any stolen property with the rightful owners wherever possible.”

Ten properties were raided on Tuesday morning in Darnall, Manor, Tinsley, Hollywell, Skye Edge and Sandygate areas of Sheffield, resulting in eight arrests, two of which swiftly became charges.

Shayne West, 33, of Vikinglea Drive, Manor, has been charged with 14 offences including eight counts of handling stolen property, three counts of conspiracy to receive stolen property, two counts of the supply of cannabis and conspiracy to steal.

John Proctor, 35, of Magpie Grove, Skye Edge, has been charged with four offences including two counts of conspiracy to receive stolen property, conspiracy to steal, and possession of cannabis.

Both men appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court this morning, Wednesday, and have been remanded into custody until their next court appearance in July.

The remaining six arrests yesterday included a 23 and 29-year-old man from Darnall, both arrested on suspicion of acquiring criminal property. The 29-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

A 25-year-old man from the Manor area was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods. He was also arrested on suspicion of the supply of cannabis, as was a 34-year-old man from Hollywell.

A 36-year-old woman from the Manor area and a 14-year-old boy from Sheffield were both arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cannabis.

All six have been bailed to a later date pending further police enquiries.

Eight more properties have been raided this morning in Halfway, Shirecliffe, Highfields Sandygate, Hackenthorpe, Firth Park and Darnall resulting in the arrests of five men and two women who are all currently in police custody being questioned by officers.

A 35-year-old man from Sandygate was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal and conspiracy to handle stolen goods.

A 29-year-old woman from Highfields was arrested on suspicion of acquiring criminal property, conspiracy to commit robbery and passing counterfeit currency.

A 33-year-old man from Hackenthorpe was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to handle stolen goods and acquiring criminal property.

Two men, aged 30-years-old from Firth Park and 48-years-old from Darnall, were both arrested on suspicion of handling stolen property and acquiring criminal property.

A 24-year-old man and 23-year-old woman from Halfway were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis. The man was also arrested on suspicion of supply of cannabis.

DCI Handley said: “Robbery and burglary are extremely distressing and frightening crimes for the victims that can have long lasting effects. People can be left fearful to go out and conduct their daily business, or even afraid to be in their own home.

“I hope the results from the last couple of days sends out a very clear message to anyone involved in criminality that affects the honest and hard-working people in Sheffield, that you will be caught and you will be brought to justice.”