It has been reported “Police have revealed how a Romanian gang set TRAPS for them as they carried out a break-in spree targeting Midland jewellery stores.
The group, which has been jailed for almost 50 years, smashed their way into shops and outlets across the region in a series of raids.
And now police have revealed that tin a desperate bid to stop cops chasing them, they set fire to cars, the stores and even lashed cables across the roads.
Officers also said the gang, which was responsible for taking £3 million worth of swag in the raids, attended a ‘crime academy’ to learn how to avoid the law.
Det Chief Insp Ricky Fields, of Staffordshire Police, said: “They put tactics in place to deter our response when they were reported.
“For example setting cars alight on the route for the first reponse, putting cables across the road to prevent and deter that response, and the one in particular around Beaverbrooks in Hanley they set fire tot the front doors of the actual pottery centre.
“I am of the opinion that this is from an organised crime group who have gone through some form of academy.”
“The six-man gang struck across the country and took £400,000 of watches in just one raid on a Beaverbrooks branch in Stoke-on-Trent.
Other targets included a store at the Bicester Village designer outlet in Oxfordshire and a jewellers in Stratford-upon-Avon.
They cycled to the raids to avoid detection and even cordoned off stretches of road as part of their “forensic” levels of preparation.
The gang – jailed for a total of 47 years – also pitched tents several miles from the scene of their crimes and buried their waste in a bid to avoid their DNA being picked up.”
“Stoke Crown Court heard their “meticulously-planned” reign of terror took in 11 raids between November 2015 and September 2016.
Stores at the Bicester Village designer outlet in Oxfordshire and a jewellers in Stratford-upon-Avon were among those hit.”