Po­lice link se­ries of bur­glar­ies af­ter jew­ellery is taken

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Spate Of Break-ins - By Vicky Cas­tle

A coun­cil­lor has urged res­i­dents to pro­tect their prop­er­ties af­ter a wor­ry­ing eight re­ports of bur­glar­ies in the bor­ough in just four days.

Po­lice have l aunched an ap­peal for wit­nesses, and of­fi­cers be­lieve five of the break-ins are linked.

The thieves ap­peared to be look­ing for jew­ellery in all the bur­glar­ies, which hap­pened be­tween Thurs­day last week and Mon­day this week.

The break-ins are spread across the town, but the ma­jor­ity were re­ported in Ken­ning­ton.

Cllr Philip Sims, Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil mem­ber for Ken­ning­ton, said: “I am very sur­prised about this be­cause Ken­ning­ton is a very quiet area.

“We have a Neigh­bour­hood Watch group and you hardly hear of any­thing like this, and I’ve been told by po­lice that bur­glar­ies are down.

“I would just like to re­mind res­i­dents to keep their win­dows and doors locked, do not make the house look as though it’s empty, and tell your neigh­bours when you’re likely to be out.

“I’d also like to en­cour­age ar­eas to set up their own Neigh­bour­hood Watch schemes.”

The first bur­glary was re­ported to have hap­pened be­tween 5.20am and 5.32am on Thurs­day last week at a house in Hythe Road, Smeeth.

Luck­ily, the bur­glar, who is de­scribed as a white man with a big face, made off empty-handed af­ter he was chal­lenged by the oc­cu­pant.

The sec­ond in­ci­dent hap­pened be­tween 11am and 5pm the next day (Friday) at a house in Malvern Road.

Cash and gold jew­ellery were stolen from the house and po­lice would like to speak to a white man aged be­tween 20 and 25, with short, dark brown hair and a grey hoodie, who was seen in the vicin­ity.

More jew­ellery was stolen from a house in Kingsnorth Road be­tween noon and 5pm the same day.

Jew­ellery was again re­ported to have been stolen in a bur­glary in Arlington be­tween 11.30am and 1.30pm, also on the Friday.

Thieves struck again on Mon- day, with two homes raided in Can­ter­bury Road be­tween 7am and 6pm.

Two fur­ther bur­glar­ies took place in Northum­ber­land Av­enue be­tween 2pm and 2.30pm the same day.

A quan­tity of jew­ellery was stolen from one prop­erty, and in the sec­ond, three men were dis­turbed and made off in a black sa­loon car.

Det Sgt Steph Devon said: “We are link­ing the four day­time bur­glar­ies on Mon­day, June 13, to the one in Malvern Road on Friday, June 10.

“We are ac­tively pur­su­ing a num­ber of lines of inquiry but are keen to hear from any­one who recog­nises the de­scrip­tion of the man in a grey hoodie or who saw a black sa­loon car in the Ken­ning­ton area on those two dates.”

If you have in­for­ma­tion, call po­lice on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111 quot­ing ref­er­ence ZY/19225/16.

Eight bur­glar­ies have been re­ported across Ash­ford bor­ough in just four days

Cllr Philip Sims: ‘I am very sur­prised about this’

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