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Pursuit After Three Burglaries In Bromsgrove District

December 6, 2012, 3:01 pm

Police are appealing for information about three linked burglaries in North Worcestershire.

All of the burglaries happened between around 12.45pm and around 3.20pm yesterday afternoon, Wednesday 5 December, in rural or semi rural areas of Bromsgrove district.

The first burglary was in Bittell Road, Barnt Green, when offenders went into an insecure porch and kicked through the front door. The offenders took a quantity of cash and jewellery (details not yet known), and a set of car keys.

It was followed by a burglary in Bittell Farm Road, Hopwood, when offenders forced a porch door and kicked through the front door, and took items including a 26-inch flat screen Samsung TV, worth £700, a man’s ring with a large diamond, worth £1,250, a further man’s white gold ring with five small diamonds, worth £1,000, a Rotary watch with a gold strap worth £900, a Rotary watch with a black leather strap worth £400, three pairs of cufflinks – two gold and one silver – worth £350, and car keys.

The third burglary was in Marlbrook Lane, Marlbrook, when a man returned home and left the keys to his vehicle, a blue Volkswagen Golf, registration number VE11 GKF, in the kitchen while he went upstairs. He heard a noise and came downstairs to discover access had been gained through an insecure rear door, and the car keys had gone, along with the £15,000 vehicle from off his drive.

The vehicle was located by the West Midlands Police helicopter on the A441 at Hopwood at about 3.40pm. It was followed through Kings Norton, where it was in collision with a vehicle driven by a member of the public, and on into Birmingham, where it was in collision with a police car. The pursuit had to be abandoned just before 4pm due to the dangerous manner in which the stolen vehicle was being driven.

Detective Sergeant Ed Slough of West Mercia Police said: “We believe there were at least two offenders.

“It is significant that vehicle keys were removed from all three homes, although only one car was actually stolen, the blue Golf. This vehicle remains outstanding and we would like to hear from anyone who has seen it since or knows where it is now.

“We also want to emphasise to people that if they see anyone acting suspiciously, to note descriptions and take down the registration number of any vehicles being used.”

House to house inquiries have been carried out, and police and community support officers are carrying out extra patrols as a reassurance measure, as well as distributing crime prevention information.

West Mercia Police recently launched Citadel, an initiative aimed at reducing the number of burglaries, including car key burglaries, committed in the force area. Reducing and detecting domestic burglaries and catching offenders are high priorities for the force.

Police are stressing most burglaries are carried out by opportunistic thieves who are looking for the easiest way of getting into a house without being seen or disturbed, and householders are being reminded of the importance of keeping doors – including porch doors, locked even when the house is occupied.

Other advice includes keeping hedges trimmed so homes can be easily seen from the road, securing side gates to prevent access to the rear of the property, and locking away garden tools which could be used to force entry.

More crime prevention information is available on the force website,

Witnesses or anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Ed Slough at Bromsgrove CID on 0300 333 3000 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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