Banbury Police have arrested nine people as part of an investigation to tackle a crime gang believed to be responsible for stealing a quarter of a million pounds of jewellery, cash and high value items.
Officers are now appealing for information to help them make further arrests as they seek those responsible for 25 domestic burglaries in Banbury and Bicester between July 16 and September 9.
Detective Sergeant Steve Birchall said the burglary spike is currently the number one priority for the Cherwell Local Policing Area, resulting in unprecedented levels of resource being pumped into the Operation Justified campaign.
DS Birchall said road policing units, dog units, helicopters and force roamer units have all been mobilised.
He said: “We don’t believe this gang is local, we believe they are coming into Cherwell from outside the area to commit these offences. These offences happened in a really short space of time and we carried out analysis to find out they were linked.”
He issued a plea for members of the public to come forward with information.
He said: “If you see someone acting suspiciously, see a suspicious vehicle in your street or come across stolen goods, call us on 999. We will check it out. We’ve got officers out there right now targeting this area. Help us catch somebody.”
Properties targeted in Banbury included homes in Chatsworth Drive, Northcote Lane, Bankside, Ferriston, Orchard Way, Cherwell Heights, Danesmoor, Lapsley Drive, East Close, Windrush and Gillett Road.
Johnny Cash, 22, of Alphage Walk, Edgware, Middlesex, has been charged with burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary. He will appear at Oxford Crown Court on December 13. Eight other men, who cannot be named, have also been arrested and detained on police bail.
Officers believe they may have driven the burglars from Banbury, but say a gang is still active in Bicester.