New arrest after Torquay burglary spree
POLICE investigating a spate of burglaries in Torquay this summer have made a second arrest.
Burglar Steven Simmonds, aka Dooley, is already serving a five-year prison sentence after admitting the 17 break-ins during August and early September.
On Friday, officers from the South Devon Pro-Active Unit arrested a man at a house in Torquay on suspicion of handling stolen property.
In a subsequent search of the premises a large number of items including jewellery was seized.
Some of the jewellery has already been identified by the victims of the burglaries committed by Simmonds.
Now officers are asking Herald Express Swagbag readers to help reunite the items of jewellery pictured here with their owners. One is a gold ring (right) engraved with the word 'Lucky', the other is a gold bangle.
One of the victims, from Shiphay, Torquay, had her wedding ring returned.
The woman, who did not want to be identified, said: "The fact that I've got my wedding ring back is amazing. We were married in 1971 when I was 18 and so obviously it is very special to me. It's one of those things which cannot be replaced."
Det Sgt Jason Metcalfe, who heads the pro-active unit, said: "We have been able to reunite some victims with property which they didn't even realise had been stolen.
"This is where Swagbag comes into its own. Simmonds' offences have had a considerable impact on the victims and being able to recover items like the wedding ring makes our efforts more than worthwhile".
The unit will continue to search for property stolen in burglaries and anyone with information that would help is asked to make contact with Det Con Simon Sherwood on 01803 218114