The co-ordinated arrests took place in Wrexham, Flintshire and other areas, after gold from Asian families were targeted in a string of burglaries over the past five months.
More than 100 officers from North Wales Police and others from Cheshire and Greater Manchester police forces were involved.
They searched a total of 18 addresses, with the majority in North Wales.
Officers swooped on a travellers' site in Wrexham, as part of a co-ordinated operation with other properties being entered simultaneously.
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Burglars may be using a range of symbols to determine which homes are worth targeting, residents have been warned.
Conwy council has published the symbols which show images of indicators including whether people were elderly, vulnerable, living alone or considered an "easy target".
Its trading standards will be on patrol to catch those marking houses.
Anyone who sees properties being marked is asked to call police on 101.
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A pensioner has been left so terrified by house raid in which he scrambled out of his upstairs bedroom window to get help; in fear, after waking to find two burglars ransacking his bedroom.
The 71-year-old yelled for help from the first floor ledge when the intruders struck in Platt Bridge, Wigan.
The victim was sleeping in his Southfield home at around 2.45pm on Friday afternoon, September 4, when he was startled by two masked men ransacking his bedroom.
They searched his room and stole his 20-year-old gold Rolex watch before leaving. It’s believed they drove off in a dark coloured Vauxhall Vectra;...
The recent audacious raid on a Hatton Garden safe depository’s vault earlier this year was an alarming reminder that not all safe deposits are the same. It was especially shocking for the 73 depositors who lost millions of pounds worth of jewellery from a safe deposit vault that they had believed to be secure. Clearly it wasn’t; but in this age of advanced hi-tech security solutions peace of mind can be found and more to the point, your valuable possessions can be secured.
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The value of banknotes in circulation has trebled to more than £60bn in the last twenty years, the Bank of England has revealed.
Here are five facts about the cash in your wallet (or maybe under your mattress or down the back of your sofa):
1. The £60bn of physical banknotes sloshing around amounts to about £1,000 worth of banknotes for each person in the UK.
The coins doing the rounds make up a far smaller amount: at the end of March 2015, there was only £4.2bn worth of coins in circulation.
2. No more than half of the banknotes in circulation are used...