Five men have been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary following an Operation Scorpion sting.
While carrying out proactive patrols on the evening of Monday, January 6, officers from the Hertsmere Scorpion team identified a vehicle which was believed to be linked to burglaries in St Albans, Hertsmere and Watford.
Officers were alerted that the vehicle was in Cambridgeshire and with assistance from the Mobile Scorpion Team, the Road Policing Unit, Essex Police, the Metropolitan Police Service and the police helicopter, the vehicle was pursued into London where it was eventually stopped on the A406. Five men were arrested.
Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Specialist Investigation Team took primacy of the investigation.
All were subsequently charged with conspiracy to commit dwelling burglary.
Those charged are Alexis Castro, aged 37, from London, Christian Rubio, aged 38, of no fixed abode, Carlos Aranis, aged 30, of no fixed abode, Mario Fernandez-Garrido, aged 33, of no fixed abode and Sergio Saravia, aged 38, of no fixed abode.
Saravia was also charged with failure to stop a vehicle when required by a constable.
The men are due to appear at Hatfield Magistrates Court tomorrow (Thursday, January 9).
Operation Scorpion is a Hertfordshire Police initiative to drive down serious-acquisitive crime, relentlessly pursue criminals, bring them to justice and make the county a more hostile place for them to operate.