Police warning after spate of burglaries in Exmouth
PUBLISHED: 06:30 02 June 2016
Detectives investigating a series of burglaries believe the crimes could be linked.
In the last month, homes across Exmouth have been raided with jewellery and cash stolen.
Detectives are urging residents to protect their homes against burglars and report anything suspicious to the police.
Detective Damien Randall, at Exmouth CID, said the reported crimes were intermittent, but each had similarities.
He said: “We have a series of burglaries ongoing at the moment. I am sure a couple of them are linked. They seem to be a little bit sporadic some times. We have a couple overnight then a couple that are a fair distance apart.
“There are similar modus operandi. It could be a couple of people doing it.”
DC Randall urged residents of second homes to safeguard their properties.
He advised anyone going away to make sure their home ‘looked lived in, or could be regularly checked’.
DC Randall added: “If you are away for the weekend and don’t take the car, perhaps put it on the drive, not in the garage, or install a timer light that can come on to give the appearance someone is at home.
“Take keys out of back doors and make sure windows are locked.”
Police are appealing for information, and witnesses, relating to the following house burglaries:
● Cranford Avenue, Exmouth, between May 13 and May 17, while the owners were away. Nothing was stolen, but damage was caused to patio doors. Crime reference CR/032639/16.
● Foxholes Hill, Exmouth, between May 13 and May 17. The offender entered via a side gate, forced a window, gained entry and searched the property. Jewellery and cash were targeted. CR/032224/16.
● The Salterton Road area of Exmouth, Saturday, May 14, between 10pm and 11pm. Wrist watches, jewellery and cash were stolen. Log number 1061 14/05/16.
● Douglas Avenue, Exmouth, and Barton Close, Exton, were burgled between Sunday, April 17, and Tuesday, April 19. Antique jewellery and cash was stolen. CR/025521/16 and CR/ 25493/16.
If you have any information to help with the investigations, call police on 101 and quote the crime reference. If you see anything suspicious, dial 999 immediately.