Cash, jewellery and spare keys stolen during six burglaries in West Suffolk villages

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Thieves have broken into properties in villages across West Suffolk - stealing cash, jewellery, spare keys and other items.

The six burglaries yesterday (March 24) involved thieves smashing glass in back patio doors and detectives are linking the incidents with three previous burglaries in Hengrave, Haughley and Old Newton.

Two of yesterday’s incidents were in Barrow. At some time between 8.10am and 4.30pm a property, in Colethorpe Lane, was entered and jewellery and sunglasses were stolen.

The second offence in Barrow was at a house, in Papeley Meadow, between 2.15pm and 3.50pm, where around £350 in cash was stolen, along with some costume jewellery.

Between 8.10am and 4pm a property in Little Saxham was broken into and foreign currency of about 100 US dollars in cash was stolen and also a spare car key.

Another incident was at an address in The Street, Culford, between 8am and 4.40pm, where around £30 in loose change, an Apple iPod and spare car keys were stolen.

In Forest Heath at some time between 12pm and 2.45pm a house in Icknield Way, Kentford, was burgled and a quantity of jewellery was stolen.

The final crime was between 2pm and 5.45pm at an address in Wragg Drive, Newmarket where again items of jewellery were stolen.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to contact the Bury St Edmunds Priority Crime Team on 101 quoting reference BR/14/193, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police advise residents to regularly review their home security arrangements, which should not be restricted to the building itself.

A spokesman said: “If it is possible to secure the back garden by locking side gates and increasing the height of rear hedges and fences, then this is strongly advised. Conversely, the front of the property should be kept open, with low hedges and fences maintaining natural surveillance from passers-by.

“It is also recommended that garden tools and equipment are kept locked away in outbuildings as these can often be used by a burglar to break in. Where appropriate, consideration should also be given to having a burglar alarm installed.”