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Warning to residents as criminals target gardens

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WARWICKSHIRE police are warning residents to be on their guards after a number of incidents in which persons have been found in private gardens and sheds have been broken in to.

In total, five incidents were reported to police in the Birchmoor and Dordon areas over the weekend, between Friday 13 and Sunday 15 October.

Residents are now asked to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to the police immediately.

A summary of incidents is as follows:

Incident 426 of 13 October – At 3pm on 13 October, the resident of a cottage home in Dunns Lane, Dordon returned home to find a young male in her back garden.  The male quickly made off and then the resident discovered that the rear door had been forced open and that the key had been stolen.

Incident 166 of 13 October – During the night of 12 into 13 October, offenders entered the rear garden of a home in Birchmmor Road, Birchmoor, possibly from a shared pathway.  Once inside the garden, the offenders cut padlocks of the shed before making off with several items.

Incident 401 of 13 October – At some point before 6.30pm on 13 October, offenders climbed over fencing and into the rear garden of another home in Birchmoor Road.  They then entered an insecure garage at the house and stole numerous power tools from inside before making off over a paddock.

Incident 413 of 13 October – At some point before 7.15pm on 13 October, offenders entered the garden of another home in Birchmoor Road, from a paddock and caused damage to fencing.  Once inside the garden, the offenders broke the padlock off the garden shed and stole a Metabo chop saw and a Makita jigsaw from inside.

Incident 205 of 15 October – At some point before 1.20pm on 15 October, offenders broke through fencing and into the rear garden of a home in Birchmoor Road.  They then forced the padlock off the garden shed and carried out a search but nothing was stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to call Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting the associated reference number.

You can also report crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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