Diesel and over £1,000 worth of gardening equipment stolen in series of raids

There has been a series of burglaries and attempted burglaries in the South Suffolk area in a short space of time which included the theft of diesel and over £1,000 worth of gardening equipment.

The incidents all took place on Wednesday, July 29.

One incident took place at The Green, in Long Melford, where the residents of a property saw a Citroen C5 vehicle stop on the driveway and an occupant get out and try the handle of a vehicle. When challenged the male left the scene and entered a second vehicle, an insecure Landrover Freelander, and when challenged again he got out the vehicle and back in the Citroen vehicle and it left the location.

In Cavendish, on Wales End Road, at about 7.50pm, two padlocks and a bolt were damaged to gain entry to a barn with 25 litres of diesel stolen. The suspects were again driving a blue Citroen.

At about 8.20pm, at Cockfield, a garage door was opened by breaking the lock with various outdoor equipment stolen including a red Echo PB251 leaf blower, a white and red/orange STIHL chainsaw, a red Echo long reach hedge cutter, a 20 litre jerry can with about £15 of petrol left in it and an orange STHIL loop handle strimmer. The total value of the items stolen was over £1,300.

At about 9.40pm, at Hawedon, in Thurston End, an angle grinder was used to cut off a padlock and gain access to a barn, although nothing was taken.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen a dark blue Citroen C5 hatchback– the vehicle is believed to have two male occupants.

It was also reported seen in the Wickhambrook area earlier on the same day when the occupants were seen to open a farm gate. When challenged they left the scene.

Residents are asked to stay vigilant to this vehicle and it has a registration of EX56 LYK. Officers are also extending the appeal to farmers and landowners who may have barns or outbuildings and to check their security measures and stay vigilant to suspicious activity.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Haverhill police.

Website – http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update

Email – Andrew.COOK@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

Phone – Call 101.

Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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