Police believe Sidmouth burglaries to be linked as investigations continue

PUBLISHED: 14:53 18 April 2018

The assualt took place in High Street.

The assualt took place in High Street.

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Police are urging residents to stay vigilant following six burglaries in Sidmouth in two months.

A police spokesman said the incidents shared a similar method of entry with the offenders focusing on stealing jewellery.

Since February there have been six incidents, including three in High Woolbrook Park on February 18, a property in Meadow View in March and in April addresses in Newlands Close and Harcombe Lane.

Detective Constable Matt Burnell, said: “The vast majority of properties targeted are detached bungalows and entry is generally forced to windows at the rear of properties. It also appears that the offenders are focussing on stealing jewellery.

“Jewellery taken has included sapphire and amethyst rings, necklaces and a Buckingham palace charm.

“Please can residents also remain vigilant for any suspicious activity including non-official door knockers and ensure that they report such activity to police as soon as possible.

“There has been one report that referenced small silver hatchback being driven around the Higher Woolbrook Park area near the time of the first burglary; this may have been completely innocent.”

Residents are asked to report any suspicious activity in residential areas to 101.

Anyone with information asked to contact the police on 101 or email 101@dc.police.uk quoting crime reference CR/30203/18.

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