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Burglars strike at nine Bishop's Stortford properties in just five days

Burglars have targeted nine homes across Bishop's Stortford in a five-day crime spree.

Four of the break-ins happened on Monday afternoon. In the first, between noon and 2pm, two BMWs were stolen from outside a property in The Stewarts, off Windhill. The thieves forced the front door of the house, took two sets of car keys and drove the vehicles away.

A home in Rye Street was broken into later that afternoon, between 3.40pm and 3.54pm. The intruders used a wheelie bin to climb over a wall and then jemmied open a window. They ransacked the property and took £100 cash.

Jewellery worth £3,000 was stolen from a third home in Blackbushe, off Manston Drive, on the Parsonage estate, between 2.58pm and 4.23pm. The thieves smashed through a patio door to get into the house, causing £200 damage.

Burglars were disturbed during a fourth break-in in Heath Row, off Parsonage Lane, at around 3.10pm.

One witness reported to police that she saw two men wearing balaclavas and dark clothes fleeing the scene. A suspected getaway car, either a black BMW or Audi, was also spotted.

Three burglaries happened in the Havers Lane area over the weekend.

A property was broken into between 2pm and 9.30pm on Saturday. The burglars got away with precious jewellery.

Thieves also took valuables from a second house on Havers Lane after breaking in through a back door, while in Chesfield Close, intruders smashed a pane of glass in a back door and used a key to get in before stealing £100.

Last Thursday (Jan 25), at around 10.45am, burglars targeted a property in Highfield Avenue, off Linkside Road. They got in through an unlocked side door and took jewellery worth £1,700 and a car key. The vehicle was not stolen, but it will cost the owners £500 to have locks changed and the key replaced.

The previous day, between 1.50pm and 5.50pm, burglars used garden furniture to smash and climb through the first-floor window of a property in Weaver Street, St Michael’s Mead.

Sgt Mark Collins said: “We’re doing everything we can to find those responsible, including stepping up our high-visibility patrols and handing out crime prevention advice in affected areas. We need your help. Please look out for your neighbours, and if you see any suspicious activity call 999.”

“If safe to do so write down any registrations or descriptions of offenders but do not put yourself at risk.”

He added: “We are also keen to see any CCTV that was operational during these locations at these times. If you have CCTV that we are not aware of please contact us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with any information should contact Sgt Collins via email mark.collins@herts.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.

Alternatively, report information anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or submit information through their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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