WEST NORFOLK: Nine burglaries in a single day
Communities across West Norfolk were targeted as raiders broke into nine addresses in what police think was a single day crimewave this week.
Detectives believe the spate of raids on Tuesday may be the work of a gang operating from outside the borough and have sought to reassure the public.
They are connecting them with a similar series of offences earlier this year and appealing for information about a vehicle seen in many of the locations targeted.
Jewellery and electrical items, including laptop computers, were stolen in the raids, which all happened between 7.45am and 11.40pm.
However, the peak period is thought to have been between 11am and 4pm.
Properties in Gayton Road in Gaywood, Nursery Lane and South Wootton Lane in South Wootton, Lynn Road in Middleton, Low Road in Grimston and Lynn Road in South Runcton were targeted during the day.
Two addresses in Bexwell, plus one in Pott Row, were also affected.
West Norfolk policing commander, Supt Dave Marshall, said: “This kind of spate is unusual for this area and we are carrying out extensive investigations to track down those responsible and to prevent further incidents.
“We believe this series is linked to a similar event a number of weeks ago when six offences were committed in one day and is likely to be a group of people travelling in to West Norfolk from outside the area.
“On average we see around four burglaries a week across the whole borough and we have some of the lowest burglary rates in the county.”
Police are particularly keen to speak to anyone who has information about a silver vehicle, with several people inside, which was seen in many of the affected areas on Tuesday.
Mr Marshall also urged the public to take “sensible measures” to make sure their homes were secure and to be vigilant.
“We would ask local people to take sensible measures to secure their properties and would encourage everyone to be good neighbours and call us if they spot any suspicious activity, particularly during the day when many people are out of their homes.”
Anyone with information about the raids should contact Lynn CID on the non-emergency 101 number (calls cost 15p).
Alternatively, witnesses can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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