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Police appeal after spate of Ilfracombe burglaries

17:21 16 January 2014

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Officers urge people in the town to secure homes after five insecure properties targetted in Ilfracombe since the new year.

FROZEN meat, credit cards, electrical items and a car are among items taken in a series of burglaries in Ilfracombe.

Police say insecure properties have been targeted during the hours of darkness during the last few weeks.

There have been five reported burglaries since December 30.

A flat in Torrs Park was broken into sometime between 3pm on Monday, December 30 and 5pm on Thursday, January 2 and a black Dell laptop was taken. (Crime ref: CI/14/15)

In a separate incident a car was stolen after keys were taken during a burglary in Quayfield Road sometime between 4pm on Sunday, January 5 and 2.40am on Monday, January 6.

The suspect drove off in the grey Rover 25 before abandoning it in the High Street and running off at around 2.40am on Monday, January 6.

He is described as in his late teens or early 20s, 6ft and of thin build. (Crime ref: CI/14/21)

Between 5pm on Friday, January 10 and 8am on Monday, January 13, a flat screen television and a number of DVDs were taken from a property in Highfield Road after entry was forced through a ground floor window. (Crime ref: CI/14/44)

A frozen joint of lamb worth £50 and a bottle of Havana rum plus some small value Cuban coins were among the items taken from a burglary in St Brannocks Park Road between 11pm on Monday, January 13 and 8am on Tuesday, January 14.

Other items taken included a purse with a number of bank cards, almost £1,000 worth of camera equipment, including three digital cameras (Sony, Kodak and Canon), a JVC Camcorder and Nokia Lumiere mobile phone. (Crime ref: CI/14/50)

A black leather handbag was taken from a kitchen after a property was broken into in Whittingham Road between 6pm on Monday, January 13 and 8.30am on Wednesday, January 15. (Crime ref: CI/14/55)

A police spokesperson said residents should be extra vigilant and ensure all doors and ground floor windows were secure at night, including sheds and garages.

“We’re really concerned at what appears to be a developing series,” said North and West Devon Sector Inspector Roger Bartlett, who said there was likely a link between at least some of the burglaries.

“Our message to the public is please don’t leave your premises insecure. Quite obviously there is someone I think going in to lots of addresses and trying doors. Please be vigilant and if you see any suspicious behaviour, call 999.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Department at Ilfracombe CID on 101 quoting the relevant crime number above, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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