Three males from Salisbury have been arrested today following a series of thefts of garden machinery and metal in the south and east of the county.
Over the last six months, a number of thefts have been reported in these areas.
Predominantly, scrap metals and resalable goods such as garden machinery and power tools have been stolen, as well as catalytic convertors from vehicles belonging to both local businesses and individuals.
On 22 May 2017, Chafyn Grove School was broken into and thousands of pounds worth of garden machinery was stolen and damage caused to an outbuilding after it was set on fire.
Officers conducted searches at four addresses in Salisbury this morning and recovered a bronze deer statue worth approximately £5,000 believed to have been stolen from an address in Dorset in March, a variety of garden machinery, bathroom furniture and a firearm.
Three males, aged 16, 19 and 21, from the Salisbury area, have all been arrested today on suspicion of conspiring to commit theft, handling stolen property, burglary and arson.
Inspector Pete Sparrow said: "A total of 25 officers and staff were involved in the searches and arrests today which followed a detailed investigation of intelligence gathering and analysing crime trends.
"The South Wiltshire Community Policing Team will actively pursue those that cause the most harm in our community and we would like to thank localpeople for the support they have provided in providing crucial evidence and statements in this case which has led to today's arrests.
"I would like to reassure residents that we will always investigate incidents of this nature and will do all that we can to bring people to justice who act in this manner."
All three males remain in custody in Melksham.
Anyone with information, or who wishes to report incidents of this nature should call 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.