Over the last few months, Police have been investigating a large number of incidents in which items have been stolen in and around both Sandown and Shanklin.
Throughout the course of the investigation, officers have recovered dozens of items including bicycles, bicycle parts, paddleboards, binoculars, mobile phones, a scooter, an Air Wheel unicycle and fishing rods. Police would now like to reunite the recovered items with their rightful owners.
Anyone who has been a victim of this type of crime recently and believes one of these items could belong to them is being urged to get in touch with Hampshire Constabulary.
PC Nick Massey of the Ventnor Neighbourhood Policing team says:
“We began receiving reports of these theft and burglary incidents in January this year, and have received a number over the course of the following months.
“During this time we have been working hard to carry out enquiries and recover as much property as possible, and have also made an arrest.
“We believe there are as many as 50 incidents that have taken place in Shanklin and Sandown in which people’s belongings have been stolen, either from beach huts, or from campsites in the area.
“We would appeal to anyone who recognises any of the items as potentially belonging to them, or who has been affected by one of these incidents, to give us a call on 101 and ask to speak with the Ventnor Neighbourhood Policing Team.”
The 42-year-old man, who comes from Shanklin, has been bailed until 20th July.