Linked burglaries prompt warning from police

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Police are warning residents to be extra vigilant after three burglaries were reported on Tuesday, April 15.

The first incident happened in Drakeloe Close, Woburn between 5.45am and 6pm when the owners were out for the day. Intruders forced a back door and entered the property taking cash and an Acer laptop.

The second incident took place at a neighbouring property in Drakeloe Close between 9.30am and 6pm when thieves again forced the back door and searched the home, taking cash, jewellery and a red HP Vista laptop. The men are also thought to behind a third incident happened in Ampthill between 12.30pm and 1pm.

Both offenders are described as white men in their late 30s to early 40s, 5ft 10ins tall with a muscular build. One wore blue jeans and the other wore a fleece top, blue jeans with a rip on the right knee and a grey or beige beanie hat.

Det Con Tom Whitworth, investigating, is keen to speak with other resident who may have received callers on Tuesday matching the description of the offenders or anyone who has noticed anyone acting suspiciously in the Woburn or Ampthill areas recently.

He said: “It would appear these men are knocking on the front doors of properties to check if there is anyone home before they commit the offences.

“It is possible that other residents have received visitors matching the descriptions given and have answered their doors. These residents could have further information that may help identify those responsible and I would urge them to come forward and speak with officers.

“I would also like to remind all residents to ensure they contact the police urgently should they see or hear anything suspicious in their area so officers can stop these offenders in their tracks.”

Anyone with information relating to this crime can contact DC Whitworth, in confidence, at Greyfriars Police Station, on 01234 275397, or Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.