Saffron Walden and Great Dunmow weekly crime round-up


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On March 15 at 3.41pm, two suspects attempted to break in to a property in New Road, Rayne, by using a screwdriver to force open the back door.

A strimmer and chainsaw, valued at around £800, were stolen from two sheds in Great Sampford between 5pm on March 13 and 11.30am on March 14. The thieves cut the lock off one of the sheds to gain entry and pulled the lock off the other.

A blue and silver Mitsubishi L200 was stolen from Hunters Way, Saffron Walden, between 11.30am and 2.30pm on March 14. The thieves moved the vehicle to a nearby field and set fire to it from the inside.

An Amazon Kindle was stolen from a dark green Land Rover Discovery after thieves broke open the back door causing around £200 worth of damage. The vehicle was parked in Thaxted Road, Saffron Walden, and the incident took place between 6.30pm on March 17 and 6am on March 18.

Between March 16 and March 18, a vehicle parked on a driveway in Magdalen Green, Thaxted, was broken into and electrical tools were stolen.

Two cars, a Kia Sportage and a Ford Mondeo, which were parked in Usterdale Road, Saffron Walden, were keyed overnight on March 17, causing deep scratches.

Two building sites in Stansted Road, Elsenham, were broken into overnight on March 11 and police are linking the two investigations. In the first incident, thieves gained entry through fencing and forced entry to an office. Once inside, keys and a rotating laser, valued at £1,000, were taken. The canteen, toilets and an additional office were also entered but it is unknown if any items were stolen. The thieves then broke into three containers on-site and used a dumper truck to pull the doors to two of the containers open. The third container was opened using a saw. Three Husqvarna saws were stolen in total, once from each container. In the second incident, thieves broke in to the site by damaging the padlock and chains on the gate. Steel containers were searched and damaged and tools were stolen from within. Thieves also entered the office and removed keys for plant machines.

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Between March 8 and March 12, assailants attempted to break in to an outdoor building in Lubberhedges Lane, Stebbing, by trying to force the door. One of the outer acrylic windows was also smashed, but the suspects did not get in. Cost of the damage is estimated at £20.

Between March 9 and March 13, thieves stole the number plates from a silver Ford C-Max, which was parked in Star Lane, Dunmow.

Overnight on March 13, thieves smashed the driver’s side window of a van, which was parked in Barnston, and stole a large amount of hand and power tools from the vehicle.

Thieves broke into a development site in Little Canfield overnight on March 15 and then gained entry to four buildings. Handles and back patio doors were smashed, as well as locks from garages, causing more than £6,800 worth of damage. Four Valiant boilers, valued at £5,000 each, were stolen from the premises with a set of step ladders, valued at £100.

Thieves broke into two garden sheds at a property in Old Mead Road, Henham, on March 16, by cutting through a fastening that holds a metal bar in place and removing a padlock. Various power tools and a lawn mower were stolen from inside.

A number of tools were stolen from a Ford commerical van, which was parked in Station Road, Felsted, after thieves cut a hole in the passenger side sliding door and unlocked the vehicle. The incident happened overnight on March 16.

A blue Volkswagen Golf was stolen from the driveway of a property in Bentfield End Causeway, in Stansted, between 6pm and 9pm on March 16 after thieves broke into the owner’s house through a back wooden door and stole the keys. The vehicle has yet to be recovered.

The nearside front window of a red Seat Ibiza, parked in Rayfield Close, Barnston, was smashed and a black leather three-zip handbag containing a mauve Radley purse was stolen from the passenger seat.

Overnight on March 17, thieves broke into a white Ford Transit parked at Rayfield Close, Barnston, via the vehicle’s sliding door. An orange Stihl 50cc petrol strimmer, valued at £90, a blue and black electric tree saw in case, valued at £100 and a yellow and black Dwalt battery power drill with drill bits in case, valued at £160, were stolen from inside.

Any information regarding any of these crimes can be reported to police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.