Essex: £12,000 jewellery stolen in house burglary

PUBLISHED: 09:46 27 June 2011

DETECTIVES are appealing for information and witnesses following a house burglary in the Hatfield Broad Oak area.

Between 6pm and 6.30pm last Tuesday (June 21) unknown suspects gained entry to a property in Hatfield Regis Grange by smashing a window, causing an estimated £50 of damage, and stole jewellery with an estimated total value of around £12,000.

Ds Andrew Johnston said: “There have been a number of daytime burglaries carried out in villages and rural areas in Uttlesford in the past few days, with the criminals typically gaining entry by smashing a window or forcing a door.

“The burglars have most commonly been stealing jewellery and electrical equipment, such as laptop computers, that can be easily carried.

“Essex Police suspects that criminals travelling into Uttlesford may be responsible for these burglaries, and they may be opportunistically targeting properties where they believe no-one is home. Please ensure that you lock your doors and secure your windows when going out.

“If you see an unfamiliar vehicle parked in your street, or an unfamiliar person on someone’s driveway, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are up to no good.

“However your curiosity should be aroused and it would be useful if you made a note of what you have seen, including vehicle registration numbers. Burglars don’t like being noticed and if they become aware of your interest they will usually move on.”

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information about this crime to contact the CID Target team at Chelmsford on 0300 333 4444, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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