Police are investigating two Leighton Buzzard burglaries they believe to be linked.
The public is being asked to come forward with any information surrounding the break-ins, which both took place in the town between 11pm on Wednesday (June 10) and 6am the following morning.
Homeowners at a property in The Heath were disturbed by a loud noise at around 4am, but discovered the next morning that their rear door had been damaged and forced open, there was also damage to their front door. Nothing was stolen.
At a house in nearby Heath Court during the same night, the offender gained access to the home and made off with a wallet and purse.
The items were later found by a neighbour after having been discarded, though cash had been stolen from each.
Det Con Matt Shepherd, investigating, said: “These break-ins took place during the same time frame and both locations are a stone’s throw apart, so we are currently treating these as linked offences.
“Burglary is extremely distressing for the victims, whose homes and belongings are violated by heartless criminals.
“We are committed to tackling crime and are appealing for the public to work together with us to bring these offenders to justice.”
Anyone with information about either of the offences is asked to contact DC Shepherd using the non-emergency 101, or text 07786 200011.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.