'Stolen goods' seized from Edinburgh homes

image captionPolice seized goods from 60 properties across Edinburgh

More than £55,000 worth of suspected stolen goods including precious metals, electrical equipment and cars have been seized from homes in Edinburgh.

During a four-week operation, police officers worked alongside Edinburgh City Council and trading standards to visit 60 properties in the city.

A total of 19 people have been reported to the procurator fiscal.

They include a 40-year-old man allegedly found in possession of electrical items worth £23,000.

He is due to appear at court at a later date.

'Victim violation'

Det Insp Matt Richards, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "The selling of stolen property remains the main motive for criminals committing housebreakings, robberies and general thefts.

"As such, these goods are often taken in association with a violation of the victim, their home or their peace of mind.

"By targeting those that knowingly buy stolen items this operation removes the opportunities to make a profit out of theft, and therefore the reason to steal.

"We have worked with partner agencies to ensure an effective blend of police powers and those available to other public bodies and the extent to which we have done this is unique.

"If members of the public have any information about persons involved in the handling of stolen goods we would like to know about it."

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