Dawn raids lead to 23 theft arrests

Dawn raids lead to 23 theft arrests

Published: Wednesday, 26 February

A series of raids were made across Kent to crack down on thieves who operate on the railway network. Operation Illinois involved 140 BTP officers and 75 Kent Police officers targeting 20 addresses in Chatham, Dartford, Gravesend and Gillingham.

Op Illinois

Op IllinoisSuperintendent Jason Bunyard said: “The operation targeted individuals suspected of stealing property from passengers travelling on late night trains from London towards Kent and Sussex.

“Theft not only has a financial impact on a victim but can affect them emotionally too.

“We take theft extremely seriously and will do everything we can to bring offenders to justice."
“Unsurprisingly, mobile phones are a popular target for thieves, so try to keep yours hidden. Installing a tracker application on your smartphone could help trace your device if it’s stolen.”

Detective Chief Inspector Ann Lisseman, who leads Kent Police’s burglary and vehicle crime unit in north Kent, said: "This was a significant operation between Kent Police and the British Transport Police, targeting offenders suspected to have been involved in theft on trains from London into the county."

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