Police Column: CCTV and a prowler in the garden

The man police think stole a bike from outside Sainsbury's in Stamford at 5.20am on June 12.Crime reference 32130022709
The man police think stole a bike from outside Sainsbury's in Stamford at 5.20am on June 12.Crime reference 32130022709
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This week’s police column, written by community beat sergeant Rachel Blackwell, looks at a prowler in Stamford and revisits an appeal to town centre shoppers.

Prowler – Drift Road, Stamford

A concerned resident called us after waking at around 1.30am on Wednesday last week to find a tall man in a hooded top stood in his front garden.

When the homeowner opened his window, the man ran away.

If you have had suspicious prowlers in or around your property, or have any information relevant to this incident, please call 101 quoting incident 198 of June 12.

Handbag Stolen – Tesco, Stamford

We renew our appeal to shoppers to have full control over their purses and handbags when shopping in Stamford.

We have seen a very noticeable reduction in the number of purses stolen since the start of the year but shoppers are still leaving opportunities for thieves to swipe handbags left unattended.

On Friday last week a shopper had her handbag stolen after leaving it hooked on a trolley as she browsed in the store. She lost £300 in cash, as well as her cash cards and cheque book.

You might think that you have turned away for only a moment, but opportunist thieves need only two seconds to grab your bag and make off with it.

Incident number 208 June 14.

Bike Theft – Sainsbury’s, Stamford

We want to speak to the man pictured in connection with the theft of a pedal cycle at 5.20am on Wednesday last week. The bike had been parked outside Sainsbury’s by a staff member. It was taken shortly after.

If you think you can identify the man, please call us on 101, quoting crime reference 32130022709. Investigating Officer is PC 928 Bentley.

Vehicle Break-In - Bourne

Above we show an image of a man we wish to speak to in connection with a break-in to a Ford Transit van at night on May 22 in the north end of Bourne.

Anyone with information about the crime or who can help identify the man pictured should contact police on 101 citing incident number 45 of May 23