A woman whose house was burgled while she was on holiday is warning people to be vigilant as thieves have struck nine times in the same area.
The resident, who did not want to be named, returned home to find thieves had taken jewellery from her bedroom.
They used a ladder from a neighbour’s garden to climb up to the bedroom window, which despite being locked, they managed to open and then took gold jewellery, some of which had been passed down from the victim’s grandmother, as well as a small amount of cash from a piggy bank.
The incident happened between December 26 and 28.
During this period, two other burglaries occurred in the village, as well as three in Main Street, Glapthorn, one in Bulwick, and attempted burglaries in Church Street, Nassington, and in Seaton Road, Harringworth.
The resident believes that large detached properties are being targeted and that thieves are stealing gold jewellery to sell in ‘cash for gold’ offers.
She said: “We arrived home to see the bedroom window was open and that was when we realised we had been burgled.
“We have an alarm but it didn’t go off because they stayed in the bedroom. They must have seen the box on the wall outside.
“We thought we were fairly secure but I believe these are professionals targeting large detached, new build houses in the area.
“My husband was in a state of shock when he discovered what had happened.
“They stole my jewellery which I didn’t think was worth a lot but it was my gran’s jewellery so had sentimental value.
“We all need to look out for each other in these little communities and people should be aware and be vigilant.”
Anyone with information about the burglary should call police on 101, quoting incident number NP/42194/13.
If you can help police with any of the other incidents, call PS Andy Hunt on 101, extention number 344471.