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Police issue alert as raiders target home valuables

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 15, 2013

By ADRIAN JENKINS

Tyrone Kerr

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A TOP cop has appealed to people ‘to do everything they can to secure their property’ following a spate of break-ins in the Burton area.

Inspector Tyrone Kerr, of Burton Police Station, made the plea as officers continued to investigate four raids in Stretton and Horninglow.

The first happened on Thursday when burglars forced padlocks on steel bars securing doors to Stretton Social Club, in Beech Lane.

Once inside, they tried to open a second set of double doors leading to the cellar only to trigger an alarm, prompting them to flee empty-handed.

The following day, crooks forced the padlock of a side gate to a home in Wyggeston Street, Horninglow, before breaking in through patio doors.

After entering bedrooms and rifling through possessions, they escaped with gold jewellery and a digital camera.

On the same day, raiders broke in to an empty house in nearby Harper Avenue after smashing the window of a uPvc door.

They rummaged through items throughout the property but left without taking anything.

Also on Friday, crooks entered a locked but vacant property in Shakespeare Road, Horninglow, after using an unknown instrument to remove the front uPvc door.

They cut telephone lines, rifled through possessions and removed a landing light bulb but escaped empty-handed.

Insp Kerr said: “We would ask the public to do everything they can to secure their property and to be vigilant in relation to any suspicious individuals.

“There’s a police investigation into this series of crimes and while we are satisfied we have arrested and charged some of the individuals involved, there are outstanding offenders who will hopefully be dealt with soon.”

Anyone with information about the raids is urged to phone police on 101.

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