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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Man accused over burglary spree

Little Fish
A 20-year-old man has been charged in connection with a string of raids on homes across the country.

Samuel Smith-Hutchinson, from Cheltenham, has been accused of burglary and aggravated vehicle taking.

He will appear before Reading magistrates on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, police arrested 14 people suspected of stealing about £30m through robberies on country homes and cash machines.

The arrests, part of Operation Haul, were made in Worcestershire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

West Mercia, Thames Valley, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire forces were involved.

Police said the robberies included some of the highest profile and highest value burglaries ever seen in England.

Some evidence against this Little Fish may be DNA collected from the returned artworks stolen from Harry Hyams Ramsbury Manor Wiltshire home.

Jimmy Johnson via Charlie Hill should have realised the authorities would check the returned artworks for DNA, still all part of the ploy for Jimmy Johnson to recieve a lighter sentence.

Law Enforcement targeted Jimmy Johnson in order to demand he facilitate the return of stolen high value art rather than allow Jimmy Johnson to collect a reward for facilitating the return of stolen art.

Unfortunetly this tactic only results in lesser artworks being returned, leaveing the truly unique artworks outstanding.

If lighter jail sentences are the carrot for the return of high value stolen artworks then perhaps this may allow some of the most valuable pieces to surface.

However, the private sector will be needed to identify those who have access to high value stolen art.

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