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Burglars strike twice in Sawbridgeworth in space of 24 hours – gang of three claim to be police after being challenged by one occupier

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Burglars struck twice in Sawbridgeworth in the space of 24 hours this week – and in one incident the crooks claimed to be police officers when challenged by the occupier.

Cash and a watch were stolen from a house in Gilders by three males who were spotted in a white Audi estate in the street.

Police said door cam footage from the area revealed the car being driven past the property at 8.28pm on Sunday (Jan 16), returning a minute later to stop outside.

Three men were seen getting out of the vehicle. It is believed they used a crowbar to jemmy open the front door and then smashed the glass of a second entrance door. The money and watch were taken from a room upstairs.

In the second incident, three men smashed a rear window to break into a house in East Park between 8.30pm and 8.40pm on Monday (Jan 17).

When the occupier woke and spoke to the crooks, they claimed they were police officers. The victim was unsure if anything had been stolen.

Police are keeping an open mind as to whether the burglaries are linked. They invite anyone with information about either break-in to call 101 and residents with CCTV are asked to check footage.

If there is anything that residents feel might help police enquiries, they are asked to secure footage and download it to disc or USB then ring 101.

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