Two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary yesterday, after being caught out by police officers hiding in the area close to their failed crime.

A neighbour reported a group of lads acting suspiciously outside a property in Somerdale Road, Bournville at around 11pm on Sunday 19th November. The eagle-eyed neighbour had disturbed the youths, who made off empty handed.

After attending the property and obtaining a description, response officers from West Midlands Police decided to “hide” in a nearby road in an attempt to catch out the group of would-be thieves.

Within 20 minutes, the officers spotted the offenders and, following a short chase on foot, they were arrested in Innage Road.

The lads – aged just 14 and 17 years – were arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary and remain in police custody this afternoon (Monday 20th November).

Birmingham South Response Team (@BSResponse) tweeted: “Two male juveniles arrested from Innage Rd, Bournville on suspicion of a lock snapping burglary committed moments earlier in Northfield. Both are prolific offenders for similar offences, one already on Court bail awaiting sentence.”


Anyone with any information can call West Midlands Police on 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or visit 


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