Police Column: Burglars steal £5,000 and other items in raid

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This week’s police column, written by community beat sergeant Rachel Blackwell, focuses on recent crimes.

Flat burglary in Douglas Road, Market Deeping

Over the Easter weekend, a first floor flat in Douglas Road, Market Deeping was burgled and £5,000 in cash and electrical items were taken. A Toyota Celica car was also stolen.

The resident had been away on holiday when the burglary happened and returned to find the door to his flat had been forced open. If you have any information please call 101 and quote incident 182 of April 1.

Burglary, Empingham Road, Stamford

A man disturbed a burglar in Stamford at 8.30pm on Friday last week as he tended to a friend’s property while they were away on holiday. He was visiting the house in Empingham Road to feed the cat when he heard footsteps come thundering down the stairs.

He met a man at the bottom of the stairs who threatened him before running off.

The intruder is described as white, 5ft 9in, slim build, wearing dark head wear, a black coat and dark trousers.

Quote incident 411 of March 30 if you have any information.

Burglary, Waverley Gardens, Stamford

A couple returned home from an evening out on Friday last week to find they had been burgled. It is thought thieves got into the property after forcing open a kitchen window. The thieves took £850 cash, a silver HP laptop and an iPad.

The homeowner said when he left the house, he passed a man in his 20s walking from the Casterton Road 
direction.

The homeowner turned back because he had forgotten his keys and saw the man stop opposite the house. The man then turned back the way he had came. This man is described as white, 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in tall with short dark hair. He was wearing a long-sleeved khaki coloured top. He may not be connected to the incident but police would like to talk to him.

If you have any information about this incident, or the description of the man triggers anything you have thought suspicious, get in touch on 101 quoting incident four of March 31.

Fuel conman, Market Deeping

A Tallington man was approached at the Tesco store in Market Deeping by an Italian man offering watches in return for money for fuel on Wednesday lunchtime last week.

The fraudster made off empty-handed after the man turned to him and said: “I know what your game is.”

We were able to trace the suspect as the man recorded the registration number. It is thought he is from the Peterborough area.

It’s good to hear that the message is getting out there about these conmen and we ask others to continue to have their wits about them as in this case and not be fooled by their stories of hardship, particularly where worthless jewellery is being offered as part of the 
bargain.