More burglaries in Alvechurch

By Connie Osborne Friday 13 December 2013 Updated: 13/12 09:29

ANOTHER two burglaries have taken place in Alvechurch following a recent spate of thefts.

The first happened between 8.30am and 5.30pm last Monday (December 2), in Station Road when a conservatory window was prised open.

Damage of £150 was caused to a window frame and a further £100 to an internal door.

Thieves stole items including three yellow gold plain band rings, a silver Pandora bracelet with four silver charms and one red jewel charm, worth £500.

A Tag Heuer Formula One watch with a metal strap, white face, and three rows of diamonds around the outside of the face, which was worth £1,800, and an Apple iPod MP3 player in a red case valued at £200, was also taken.

The second happened just before 3am last Tuesday (December 3) when offenders smashed a lounge window at the front of a house in Bear Hill, disturbing the occupants.

They reached inside and stole a white Apple Macbook laptop worth £1,000.

A taxi was seen in Bear Hill around the same time, and police would like to trace the driver and occupants of the vehicle, as they may have information.

The Standard reported last week how residents are calling for police patrols to be stepped up in the village after a spike in burglaries, car break-ins and other thefts.

Police believe some of the burglaries are linked and patrols have been increased while officers are appealing to residents to be vigilant.

A man has also been arrested on suspicion of burgling a home in Aqueduct Lane on October 23. The 38-year-old was detained last Friday (December 6).

Residents are being reminded to lock doors and windows, secure gates at the rear of properties as well as leave lights on when dusk falls.

Det Con Tony Flanagan, of West Mercia Police, said: “We realise the residents of Alvechurch will be concerned at these burglaries, and we are taking them very seriously.

“Retired people who are at home during the day can play a huge part by having a glance out of the window every now and again, especially if they hear anything. Burglars are less likely to strike in a close-knit community where they feel residents will take an interest in strangers and investigate the sounds of glass breaking or alarms going off.”

Anyone with any information about any of the burglaries should call Bromsgrove anti-burglary team on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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