Burglaries – Witney
Friday 01 February 2013, 5:32pm
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a series of three burglaries in Witney.
On 21 January a burglary was committed in Waddards Meadow while the owners were at home. The items taken were a camera, a purse and a mobile phone. These items have since been recovered by the police.
Two further burglaries took place at around the same time at Schofield Avenue and West End. These were also committed while the owners were in the house. A laptop computer and cash stolen were stolen in these incidents. The property has since been recovered by the police.
Det Sgt Adrian Brooksbank of Witney Police CID said, “This type of burglaries, where an offender sneaks into a property while the owners are home, is rare in this area. However, it is important to highlight the fact that entry to each house was easy as the doors were unlocked. I can only urge local residents to take note and lock their front and back doors even when they are home”.
If you have any further information that can assist with investigations into the incidents above, contact Det Sgt Adrian Brooksbank via the 24-hour non-emergency number 101.
If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
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Notes for editors:
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of burglary. He has been released on bail until 19 February.