CRIMINALS broke into six houses in Burton in the space of a week, stealing items including a gold watch.
Inspector Rob Neeson, from Burton Police, said the burglaries, which all took place between January 13 and 20, were not being linked.
The incidents included a raid in Kitling Greaves Lane on January 12, when a gold watch and £300 was stolen from a home after thieves forced the doors of a conservatory.
A house in Oak Street was targeted between 5.40am and 2.30pm on January 16.
A kitchen window was forced open and crooks stole a large red leather purse, a Samsung digital camera, a brown leather wallet and an Acer laptop.
On the same day a handbag was stolen from a house in Blakeholme Court at around 6pm. Police believe the culprits got in through an unlocked back door.
The owner of a white Ford Mondeo discovered their car missing on the morning of January 14, after offenders stole car keys from a house in Grizedale Close.
In Gypsum Way, in Draycott in the Clay, attempts were made to get into a house through a rear window on the afternoon of January 18.
Police did not have details of the sixth burglary at the time of going to press.
Inspector Neeson said: “The burglaries are all different. Some criminals will go out and have their signature and you can sometimes link cases by the way they are committed, but these were all very different.
“If they find an easy way to get in, they will use the same technique time and time again.”
There has also been a high volume of thefts from cars, with six reported over the same period, including tools being stolen from a van in Ludgate Street, Tutbury, on January 13.
Inspector Neeson said: “If you leave your mobile phone in your car it becomes a target.”
A number of vehicles have also been stolen, including a motorcycle from Wyggeston Street on January 19, which was later recovered.
A Peugeot was stolen from Kestrel Way, in Winshill, overnight on January 15.
There has been a slight increase in burglaries month on month.