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Thieves flown to UK from Chile for burglaries

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Wealthy homes in the south east of England were targeted by the gang
A criminal gang which was flying burglars from Chile into the UK to target wealthy homes in the South East has been dismantled, police have said.Luxury items worth more than
Handbags, jewellery and watches
Detectives tracked vehicles used by the suspects and found burglars would normally commit offences within a week of flying into the country.The gang carefully selected the homes they targeted, picking properties which were often empty and on the edges of parks or golf courses.The burglars would climb into the first floor using low roofs or garden furniture, avoiding alarms on the ground floor and then take items including designer clothes, handbags, jewellery and watches.Of the men held in London, 16 have been convicted of burglary-related offences, and of the remaining 20, eight have been deported.Twelve of the others left the UK after being released under investigation.Other suspects were also held in Hertfordshire, Surrey and Sussex.Det Insp Tim Court, who co-ordinated the investigation, said offenders had "come to London with the intention of carrying out burglaries"."I would like to thank the Chilean Embassy, which has provided a great deal of support in helping to identify the people responsible for these crimes," he added.
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