Officers from Operation Venice have made several arrests following their appeal to members of the public for any information regarding 40 criminals at large, a majority of whom are linked to violent moped enabled crimes, street robberies, burglary, violation of release conditions.
From Monday, 18 to Thursday 21 March, images of the suspects were displayed on electronic screens on van sides and driven around London in an effort to encourage the public to provide information they might have on any of the wanted offenders which could assist with investigations and identifications.
The Operation Venice team, which tackles moped-enabled crime, have made a total of 15 arrests so far from either a Crimewatch Roadshow feature on Monday, intelligence from people phoning through to Crimestoppers, or from ongoing Op Venice investigations - one offender even handed himself in after seeing his face on the screens. There were to be 48 faces in total, but eight were arrested in the build up to the campaign, before the van even left New Scotland Yard!
Detective Inspector Steve Brownlee, Operation Venice, said: “I am very pleased with the results of this operation so far. By putting these images of offenders directly into the public domain we have extended our reach, thus gaining information and intelligence useful to our investigations which we might not usually get.
“We will try any legal tactic open to us to identify and arrest these and other offenders who have robbed, stolen or burgled from communities, commuters and tourists within London, often using violence and weapons, for their own financial gain.”