FOUR more people have been arrested as the probe into a string of burglaries targeted at the elderly in the Black Country continues.

Two men aged 22-years-old and a 19-year-old were arrested in the Wrexham area of Wales last night (October 19) and a 30-year-old man was arrested this morning (October 20) on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle.

All four remain in police custody where they will be questioned in connection with the break-ins.

29 burglaries against the elderly have been reported since the beginning of the month.

Jewellery and cash has mainly been stolen in the burglaries, which have tended to take place between 6pm and 9pm, with thieves often gaining entry to homes by pretending to be police officers or workers from utility boards.

Detective Inspector Jim Mahon, from Force CID, said: "This is a significant development in our investigation into these despicable crimes, however I am still urging the community to remain vigilant in their neighbourhoods and to continue to look out for each other.

“We continue to work closely with our partners, particularly those in the health and social sector and trusted charities to raise their awareness, so that they can pass relevant information and advice on to elderly people they come into contact with on a day to day basis.

“A considerable number of the break ins have happened in the afternoon between 6pm and 9pm, and so if people have seen cars or individuals that are not usually in their street, are new to the area, or seem suspicious for any reason, then I’d continue to urge them to report those concerns to us as soon as possible. If someone calls at your door and you’re not expecting anyone, ask for their I.D but if you’re still unsure, I would encourage you to please call us.

“This is very much still an on-going investigation, if you have any information please get in touch.”

Four men who were arrested on Thursday, October 17 have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

If you have any information about the on-going enquiry contact police via Live Chat at 8am - midnight, or call 101 anytime. In an emergency dial 999 immediately.