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BREAKING NEWS - Police appeal after two burglaries

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 14, 2014

By JENNY MOODY

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after two burglaries in Uttoxeter overnight.

Officers from East Staffordshire Local Policing Team said the first break-in happened between midnight and 2.30am today when offenders forced entry to a home in Demontfort Way.

The break-in was discovered by an officer on routine patrol in the area who noticed the garage door was ajar.

Officers checked the home for any suspects and carried out a thorough area search with assistance from the Dog Support Unit. However, no one was located.

It is believed offenders forced entry to the garage and then got in to the house via an internal door.

They used car keys from within the home to steal items including two Bosch drills and cash from two vehicles parked on the driveway.

They also stole two mountain bikes, one black and purple Rayleigh, and one orange, two laptops, a Macbook Pro and a Lenovo Netbook, clothing, a Samsung mobile phone and a black Apple iPad.

Other stolen items, including another laptop and drill bits, were found discarded in a nearby garden.

A second burglary is reported to have taken place at a home in Blounts Drive, on the outskirts of the town, between 9pm on yesterday and 5am today.

Police said offenders forced entry to an integral garage and stole a pearly white/blue Marin Qualle mountain bike worth £1,300.

An investigation into both burglaries is under way and officers will be investigating any link between the two incidents.

Anyone with information on either break-in, or the whereabouts of the stolen property, is encouraged to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 52 of April 14. Alternatively, they can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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