Seven burglaries in 24 hours in Welwyn Garden City area

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 November 2018 | UPDATED: 13:50 15 November 2018

Applecroft Road in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Google Street View

Applecroft Road in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Google Street View

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Police are investigating a spate of burglaries in the Welwyn Garden City area after seven break-ins within 24 hours.

Officers investigating a spate of burglaries in Welwyn Garden City are appealing for information and witnesses to the following:

•Between 8am and 6pm, burglars smashed the rear door window to a property in Applecroft Road.

They ransacked the place and took thousands of pounds worth of cash.

•Between 8.30am and 6pm they smashed a rear door at another property in Applecroft Road.

They turned the place upside down.

•Between 4pm and 8pm, they got into a property in Harwood Hill after smashing a rear door.

They made a mess, but didn’t take anything.

•Between 5pm on Monday, November 12 and 8.30am on Tuesday, they got into a property in Cubitts Close, Welwyn, stealing numerous items of jewellery including a gold ring, another ring, a necklace, a gold and turquoise locket necklace, a gold women’s watch, and two bracelets.

•Between 10am and 7.30pm on Monday, they got into a property in Harwood Hill after damaging a rear door, but didn’t take anything.

•Between 12.45pm and 5.10pm on Monday, they got into a property in Knightsfield after smashing a rear window.

They took numerous jewellery items; a white and brown Fossil women’s watch, a wedding ring, a bangle and earrings

•Between 7.30am and 6.15pm on Monday, November 12, they broke into a property in Pentley Park after smashing a patio door.

An untidy search was carried out and jewellery was taken (earrings).

Detective Inspector Rob Burns, from the Welwyn Hatfield Local Crime Unit, said: “We are treating these burglaries as linked and I would like to reassure residents that we are doing everything we can to trace those responsible.

“We have also increased both uniformed and plain clothes patrols in the area.

“If you saw what happened, or believe that you saw suspicious activity in relation to any of these offences, I would like to hear from you. Similarly, if you think you have been offered any of the stolen items for sale, please get in touch.

“If you can help, call the non-emergency number 101.

“As we head towards winter, I would also like to remind residents that you can help prevent your home from being targeted by thieves by ensuring that your property looks ‘lived in’ which you can achieve by using timer switches on a lamp, radio or TV set so that they turn on as it gets dark. More crime prevention advice can be found on our website at www.herts.police.uk.”

You can also report information online at https://www.herts.police.uk/Report.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will never need to go to court.

Welwyn Hatfield North Police tweeted: “Due to a recent number of burglaries in WGC, uniformed and plain clothed patrols have been, and will continue to take place.

“If you see anything suspicious, please let us know.”

Eight homes targeted in Welwyn Garden City burglary spree

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