Birmingham & Black Country

Hodge Hill burglars 'strip neighbour's house'

Three Birmingham men have been arrested on suspicion of "sweeping a neighbour's house of almost its entire contents", police have said.

Detectives arrested the men, 18, 31 and 38, at a house in Gilpin Close, Hodge Hill, on Wednesday evening.

They were found on what is believed to be the victim's stolen settee. He had been away on a Christmas break.

The men will also be questioned on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply.

'Like removal men'

It believed the burglars forced their way through the front door of the address some time between 21 December and 8 January.

The items stolen, valued at £5,000, include a plasma TV, sofas, a fridge, games console and microwave.

Investigating officer Det Con Chris Smith from Birmingham East CID, said: "It looked as though removal men had paid him a visit.

"Acting on local intelligence, police made inquiries at a nearby house and recovered a significant amount of the stolen property.

"Obviously it's hard to discreetly remove such bulky objects from a property so if anyone witnessed the burglary I'd ask them to contact us."

The men will also be questioned after a search of their property's loft uncovered an estimated £10,000 worth of cannabis hung out to dry from the rafters.

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