A team of detectives tasked with reducing burglaries in Sheffield are already seeing significant results, with cases falling by around 20 per cent so far this year.
Formed in January 2019, Operation Furnace sees a dedicated team manage all burglary cases across the city. The team centralises intelligence to understand the working patterns of offenders, identify suspects and gather evidence to ensure thieves are brought to justice.
This year, more than 70 suspects have been arrested and interviewed in relation to burglary, aggravated burglary or robbery offences, of which 24 have been remanded in custody awaiting trial.
Operation Furnace Detective Sergeant Jim Dyson said: “We are really pleased with the results the operation’s seen so far, including a 20 per cent reduction in reports of burglaries compared to the start of the year. Some offenders we detain are responsible for a number of burglaries and other criminality across the city so it’s vital we continue to disrupt their activities.
“We experienced a spike in residential burglaries in late 2018 and there were often alarming similarities across many of the reports, including clothing worn and the descriptions given of the suspects.”
The team’s recent efforts have resulted in a number of sentencings in the courts. Prolific Sheffield burglar, Liam Taffinder, 38, of no fixed address has been convicted and sentenced to six and a half years in prison. Scott Plummer, 40, of no fixed address, has been jailed for four years, whilst 30-year-old Florin Rusin from Darnall has been sentenced to three years and nine months.
Detective Dyson added: “I am glad we have been able to remove these offenders from the streets, and return property, vehicles and sentimental items such as photographs to their rightful owners.
“I hope our work so far offers a level of reassurance to the residents of Sheffield.”
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