Police are appealing for witnesses after two burglary incidents in west Suffolk yesterday evening (Tuesday).
At 7.30pm at a house in Coronation Cottages, off School Road in Great Wratting, three men broke into the property by forcing open a rear window.
On hearing a disturbance the victim, an elderly woman, went into the kitchen where she was confronted by one of the men who restrained her whilst the other two men searched the house.
The victim sustained a small cut to her lip as a result of this incident, but was otherwise unharmed. It is not known at this stage if anything was stolen and there are no clear descriptions of the suspects at this stage.
Detectives are also investigating a burglary occurring in Mildenhall at 6.15pm, but cannot be sure at the current time if this is linked to the later incident in Great Wratting.
Entry was gained to a house in Campbell Close via an insecure rear window. On hearing a noise the victim – a woman in her sixties – went into the kitchen and then looked out of the door where she discovered a man on her driveway.
When she asked him what he was doing, he stated there was a problem with drains in the area. The victim said she did not believe him and went back inside locking the door behind her to call the police.
As she was on the phone she then became aware of a second man who had hidden in the living room. He raised his hands in submission and left the house via the kitchen door.
The victim then saw a third man outside the kitchen window and all three ran along the path to a car park and made off at speed in a car, described as a small, dark-coloured hatchback. It does not appear that anything was stolen.
The first man is described as white, around 5ft 2in tall, of large build, with fair hair and blue eyes. He was wearing an olive green baseball cap with a black scarf around his face, a green coat and combat style trousers.
The second man is described as having a tanned complexion, around 5ft 2in tall, and of slim build. He also had a dark scarf around his face and was wearing a similar style hat and coat as the first man, with dark-coloured jogging bottoms.
The third man is described as white, and also wearing a baseball cap with a scarf covering his face.
Detective Inspector Andrew Smethurst, from Bury St Edmunds CID, said: “These types of crime are rare in Suffolk, but when they do occur they are obviously very distressing for the victims.
“I would urge communities to remain vigilant and report any suspicious or unusual behaviour to police immediately. Although we not certain that these two incidents are definitely linked at this time, in both cases they have occurred in the early evening when there is a higher likelihood of the offenders being seen by other members of the public.
“Any witnesses are encouraged to call police if they believe they saw any suspicious persons or vehicles in the areas concerned.”
Anyone with information about either of these crimes is asked to contact the Bury St Edmunds Priority Crime Team on 101 quoting reference HH/15/2612 in respect of the Great Wratting robbery, or MH/15/2084 in respect of the Mildenhall incident. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.