Eight homes targeted in Welwyn Garden City burglary spree

PUBLISHED: 09:40 17 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:44 17 October 2018

An elderly woman startled a burglar in Guessens Road, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Google Street View

An elderly woman startled a burglar in Guessens Road, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Google Street View


Police are investigating a spate of burglaries in WGC on Monday, including one where the burglars were disturbed by an elderly woman.

There were eight burglaries in total over the weekend, with seven of them taking place between Monday lunchtime and Monday night.

At 8.30pm on Monday a burglar broke into the home of an elderly woman in Guessens Road through a front window. The woman was upstairs when she heard the intruder downstairs and shouted. This disturbed the burglar, who left through the patio door without taking anything.

One or more burglars also broke into a house in Blythway between 12.30pm and 1.15pm. They stole a gold chain necklace, a gold choker, three gold rings, a diamond sapphire and a white gold round cluster ring, as well as a gold Omega watch and a gold Mappin Webb watch, both with inscriptions. A lockbox was also taken from the house, and found a short distance away.

The next burglary was in Sandpit Road between 3.45pm and 7.30pm. The intruders entered through the back garden and conservatory, and stole an HP laptop, a second laptop, a phone, a tablet and some cash.

At 6.23pm burglars broke into a house in Salisbury Road by smashing a rear patio door. They searched the house untidily and took a leather Louis Vuitton handbag, a men’s Tagheur watch and a men’s Gucci watch.

There was a second burglary in Salisbury Road between 6.30pm and 7.50pm. Although burglars broke in through a back door and made an untidy search, it is not known whether anything was taken.

Similar break-ins took place between 9.30am and 10.45pm in Great Ley, where burglars got in by damaging a window and searched the house without taking anything, and between 5.30am and 4.30pm in The Paddocks, where a house was broken into but nothing was stolen.

An earlier burglary, which police believe is linked to the spate on Monday, took place between 3pm on Friday and 5pm on Saturday at a flat in Bridge Court. The burglars broke in through a window and searched the flat but did not steal anything.

Sgt David Stansbury, from the Welwyn Hatfield North Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “I would like to reassure residents that we are doing all that we can to trace those responsible and I would urge anyone who thinks they might have information, or might have seen suspicious activity, to get in touch with us.

“If you think you might have been offered any of these stolen items for sale, we would like to hear from you. You can call the non-emergency number 101, or report information online at https://www.herts.police.uk/Report.”

Police are also increasing patrols in the area.

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