Teens arrested after drone chase after home break-in

Police arrested three teenagers yesterday after weapons and drugs were found in two vehicles. Police were called after three people burst into a property on Gypsy Lane, Erdington, in the early hours of yesterday morning (21 Dec). The occupant was confronted by the men armed with knives, but as she started to scream, they backed away to the door and made off in a white van. A van, on false plates, was spotted by traffic officers around 30 minutes later on Tyburn Road, but it sped off and crashed a short distance away, where the occupants ran off.

With the help of the dog unit and our drones team, two teenagers, aged 18 and 17, were tracked down nearby and arrested. In the van police found an arsenal of weapons including a sword, a hockey stick, a hammer and a homemade stun gun. Within minutes a car pulled up but made off immediately, only to crash within minutes on Blossom Grove. The driver made a getaway, but an 18-year-old passenger was detained when further weapons and drugs were found in that vehicle.

Detective Sergeant Curt Wilkins, from force CID, said: “All three were arrested for varying offences of aggravated burglary, possession of a firearm and an offensive weapon, and failing to stop for police. “We believe the offenders could have broken into the wrong house on Gypsy Lane and fled on realising their mistake, but they gave the occupants a nasty shock. “We’re now working through CCTV and forensic lines of enquiry to get to the bottom of the parts played by those arrested and identify anyone else involved.” The three teens have been released on conditional bail while our enquiries continue.

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