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Village burglary link investigated

Posted on October 17 2013 at 1:59:58

A string of burglaries across The Village area – including Cofton Hackett and Alvechurch – could be linked, police believe.

They took place between last weekend and Tuesday this week, with jewellery and electrical goods stolen.

The first burglary happened between 7pm on Friday, 11th October and 3.15pm on Saturday, 12th October, in Chapel Lane, Wythall, in which jewellery of sentimental value was stolen from the home of an elderly woman after windows were forced.

The second was in George Road, Alvechurch, Birmingham, between 12.20am and 9.30am on Sunday, 13th October. Access was gained through a side door causing £200 damage, and items taken included an Acer laptop (value unknown), a Dyson vacuum cleaner worth £150, Philips speakers worth £250, a Toshiba camera worth £100 and a Samsung camera worth 3100.

A mother of pearl jewellery box and jewellery were stolen from a house in Alder Close, Hollywood, between 3.45pm on Sunday 13th October and 11.30am on Tuesday 15th October, after glass in the front door was smashed.

And a house in Ten Ashes Lane, Cofton Hackett, was broken into between 3pm and 3.15pm on Tuesday 15th October, when a black Hewlett Packard laptop worth £300 was stolen. Entry had been gained by smashing glass in rear doors causing £200 damage.

House to house inquiries have been carried out, and police are looking into whether any of the four burglaries are linked.

West Mercia Police’s Citadel initiative aims to tackle crime, catch burglars and prevent offences by promoting crime prevention advice including reminding householders to prevent access to the rear of their homes where possible by ensuring side gates are secured. Other advice includes keeping hedges trimmed and low so they do not provide cover for burglars to break in.

More information on crime prevention is available within the advice section of West Mercia Police’s website at www.westmercia.police.uk

It is also recommended that people property mark valuables such as laptops and cameras and then make the details viewable to the police by registering them free of charge on the Immobilise website at www.immobilise.com  which improves the chances of getting the items back if they are lost or stolen.

Witnesses or anyone with information about any of the burglaries are asked to contact Detective Constable Tony Flannagan on the non-emergency number 0300 333 3000 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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