Appeal for information after series of burglaries in north Essex

PUBLISHED: 15:19 19 January 2019

Detectives are investigating a break-in at a Welney home where a Panasonic TV, DVD player and power tools were stolen. Picture: ARCHANT

Detectives are investigating a break-in at a Welney home where a Panasonic TV, DVD player and power tools were stolen. Picture: ARCHANT


Police are appealing for information following a series of burglaries in the north of the county yesterday.

Six properties were targeted between 2.20pm and 8.10pm in various locations and officers believe they are linked.

A four-figure sum of cash was taken from an address in Cambridge Road, Littlebury between 2pm and 3.45pm.

Four men, described as white and wearing baseball caps, tried to get into an address in Mathews Close, Halstead at around 6.25pm.

A window was broken at an address in Mill Lane, Pebmarsh shortly after 6.50pm and the victim described seeing four men in an Audi outside.

Four men, described as white and young in age, were disturbed trying to break into an address in Shelcroft, Colne Engaine, just before 7.20pm. They made off in a black Audi, described as very dirty and having a ‘soft top’.

Watches and jewellery were taken during a break-in at an address in Crocklands, Greenstead Green shortly before 8pm.

Keys for a car were taken from an address in Back Lane, Stisted at around 8.10pm. Three or four men, described as white, in their late teens or early 20s, slim, and between 6ft and 6ft 3ins tall were seen in the area shortly after. One of the men is described as having an eye injury and wearing a baseball cap. An Audi car was found in Back Lane and has been recovered.

Detective Inspector Gary Biddle said: “We believe these incidents are linked due to the descriptions of those involved and the locations where they have taken place.

“These incidents mainly took place in rural locations but I believe there will be people who will have seen these men travelling between the addresses.

“I need anyone who saw the men or a dirty, black Audi S3 with the registration plate FV65 FCU.

“We believe the Audi had been stolen and was on false number plates.

“I appreciate these are concerning incidents for those in the communities involved. We have a significant number of resources dedicated to this investigation and we are already making good progress.

“Officers will be out in the communities involved carrying out enquiries and providing reassurance.

“Information from the public will be really important to finding those responsible and if you’ve seen or heard something, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, I need you to call us.”

If you saw or heard anything, have any CCTV or dash cam footage, or have any other information please call 101 quoting Op Latte.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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