Hunt for burglars after four thefts

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A POLICE appeal has been launched to help trace two men who could help with inquiries into a spate to burglaries.

Police patrols have been stepped up in Uppingham after four houses were burgled in four days.

Homes in Elizabeth Way, Ash Close, Lime Tree Avenue and Stockerston Crescent were targeted last week.

Jewellery has been stolen in each of the cases and police believe they may be linked.

The first incident took place in Elizabeth Way, Uppingham, between midday and 5pm on Thursday.

A window at the property was forced open and small items of jewellery were taken.

On the same day between 8.30am and 5.30pm thieves forced a conservatory door open at a home in Ash Close, Uppingham, and stole cash and jewellery.

A home in Lime Tree Avenue was broken into between Thursday last week and Monday and jewellery was again taken.

Police are appealing for information about two men, described as being 5ft 10in tall, who were seen in Lime Tree Avenue at 6pm on Thursday last week.

Sgt Matt Dilcher from Oakham police said: “We would like to hear from anyone who saw people acting suspiciously in the area on December 1.

“We would like to speak to these two men who we believe could help us with our inquiries.”

The final burglary took place in Stockerston Crescent between midday and 9pm on Sunday.

Thieves broke into a shed at the property and used a spade to break into the home.

A laptop and jewellery were stolen.

Sgt Dilcher said: “Once again we would remind people not to leave tool sheds unlocked or tools on display because thieves will use tools to break into homes.

“We would like to hear from anyone who saw people acting suspiciously or hanging around in the areas where homes were targeted in the last week.

“We have stepped up visible patrols in the town and are relying on information from the public to help us catch those responsible.”

Anyone with information or who recognises the description of the men police would like to speak to can phone them on 101.