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Police hunt burglars after spate of thefts in Weymouth
1:31pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
POLICE in Weymouth are hunting raiders after a spate of burglaries in the town.
Since the beginning of August, a total of seven burglaries have been reported to police in the areas of Lansdowne Square, Greenhill, Victoria Street, Melcombe Avenue, Emmadale Close, Littlemead and Rodwell Road.
In the majority of cases, an unknown offender has entered the properties stealing jewellery, computers, cash and other electrical items.
The burglary at a house in Littlemead, which took place sometime between 3pm and 5pm on Thursday August 1, saw an unknown person enter via the front door and steal a handbag containing cash, bank cards and a cheque book.
A similar method was used to take a set of car keys from a porch and steal a white Iveco van full of tools at a house on Emmadale Close on Saturday August 3.
Police Community Support Officer Steph Kitton, of the Weymouth Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “These burglaries have all been extremely upsetting for the victims, the majority of which are elderly.
“The items taken range from watches to games consoles and large quantities of cash to laptops.
“I am appealing to anyone who may have information about any of the burglaries mentioned, or may have seen someone acting suspiciously in these areas since the beginning of the month.
“I would like to highlight the importance of making sure windows and doors are kept secure in order to deter opportunist burglars. Keep doors and windows locked, including sheds and garages.
“Don’t leave valuables – including car keys or spare door keys – on display or in an obvious place such as under a flower pot or doormat and don’t keep large amounts of cash in your home.
“If you are going away on holiday ask friends, family or neighbours to keep an eye on your property and remove any clues to you being away.
“I would also urge people to keep their eyes peeled for anyone acting suspiciously in their area. If you see something suspicious, or if you think a burglary is taking place, please call the police immediately.”
No arrests have been made.
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 14:22. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.
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