|Dear In The Know members.|
Please find below details of the currently reported burglaries or attempted burglaries to residential properties (including shed break-ins) over the last period (16th – 23rd Mar 2020). Summary details of these are provided in the list below.
Please note, where known we have used the approximate actual incident date/times rather than date the incident was reported (as there can be differences).
- 17th March 2020 (18:13). Station Road. Suspects have entered an unoccupied property through the side door, damaging the padlock securing it and conducted an untidy search. It is unknown if any items have been stolen. Police attended and checked the inside of the property to make sure that no one was inside and also to assess the scene. The door was then boarded up.
- 21st March 2020 (15:30-15:50). Station Road. Unoccupied property has been broken into for the second time in a week. Neighbours next door to the property reported they noticed that the side kitchen door to the property has been forced open again. The padlock had been forced off and entry gained. Unclear if the untidy search was from the previous incident or if this was new. Police attended and checked the inside of the property to make sure that no one was inside. Boarding up attended and this time a full board was put up completely covering the side door.
- 16th March 2020 (20:45-21:00). Highbury Crescent. Three male offenders have entered the property and told the victim that they were there to disinfect houses in the street for the Coronavirus and that they had keys to all the properties. One offender remained with the victim whilst the other two have gone to the first floor rooms and ransacked them. Jewellery and a safe appear to have been stolen. The victim’s rings and other jewellery were removed from their person. The offenders have then used cleaning products from within the property to remove forensic evidence, spraying the telephone, victim’s clothes, bag and hand rail leading upstairs. The offenders appear to have left through the front door.
Description of the men has been given as all three being roughly 5ft 8" tall, all with medium build, one had a large belly. They were all wearing black hooded tops and black gloves and black masks which covered their whole faces except the eyes. There were not carrying anything on them. All three had Eastern European accents.
It is suggested that on leaving the address the offenders have moved down Highbury Crescent on foot and got into a vehicle that was parked on the bend near to the Portsmouth Road. They have then driven off onto the Portsmouth Road heading in an unknown direction.
- 19th March 2020 (11:45-22:45). Norton Road. Offenders point of entry has been via the unlocked wooden gate in the rear garden. They have then smashed the patio door leading into the lounge. Once inside offenders have made an untidy search in the upstairs bedrooms and removed a wallet containing cash in various currencies.
- 16th March (08:30-11:00). Mytchett Road. Attempted burglary by forcing ground floor side window of the house, causing the window hinges to be completely bent. Believed the offenders have been disturbed by barking dogs and have left the scene without gaining entry. The property had 2 Audis on the drive and victim believed intent was to steal car keys/cars.
The victim also reported 2 strange incidents:
Sunday 15th March 20:20, at approximately midday – front door opened and closed.
Thursday 12th March 20:20, in the evening – 2 men standing close to the doors of the Audi on the driveway (possibly trying door handles).
Details from a number of these incidents may have been passed on to the specialist police burglary unit and where suspect vehicle number plates have been spotted, these too are circulated for ANPR notification.
As always, the local neighbourhood team are keen to receive information on all crime spotted or believed to have occurred as this can assist with ongoing enquiries, as well as helping to build up their wider intelligence picture.
If you believe you have any information relating to any of these or any other events then please call 101 or alternatively, you can use the online reporting system
You can also give information, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/
And to assist in helping you protect your residential property and its contents please see the crime prevention advice here: https://www.surrey.police.uk/burglary
Community Engagement Volunteer (Surrey Heath)