Officers from the Swindon Community Tasking Team recovered a haul of suspected stolen clothing and other items worth over £5,000 yesterday.

While out on patrol at approximately 4.15pm, officers spotted a suspicious vehicle in Cheney Manor Road. The vehicle attempted to make off from police but was stopped, and three people were detained.  Two of the people had been seen to be throwing shopping bags over garden walls shortly before they were stopped.

These bags were recovered and found to have over £2,000 worth of designer clothing inside. All the clothing still had security tags and prices on.

Two men, aged 39 and 42, from Swindon, and a woman aged 31 from Amesbury, were arrested on suspicion of theft and taken to custody at Gablecross police station for questioning.

Following their arrest, officers conducted a search at an address in Swindon as part of their enquiries which revealed a further haul of suspected stolen property believed to be worth in excess of £3,000.

The three people arrested remain in custody this morning and our enquiries remain ongoing.

Detective Sergeant Alex Spargo, of the Community Tasking Team, said “This was a brilliant spot by the officers, trusting their instinct that something wasn’t right and over the course of the shift, recovering £5,000 worth of suspected stolen items.

“This type of crime affects local businesses greatly during austerity and we are pleased that we will be able to return the majority of items back to the stores.  I’d urge the public to always report something that looks suspicious or out of place either via 999 if the crime is in progress, 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers.”

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