Detectives are appealing for witnesses following three burglary incidents across Suffolk over the weekend.
The crimes all took place on the afternoon of Saturday 9 April occurring in Icklingham, Purdis Farm and Stratford St Andrew.
The first incident took place at around 2.30pm in The Hall Close, Icklingham, where a man knocked on the door of a property and told the elderly resident that the water supply was contaminated and needed to be turned off.
Fortunately the victim did not believe the man and so closed the door on him and then reported the incident. The suspect was then seen to get into a silver-coloured Jaguar being driven by another man.
This was followed by an incident on the outskirts of Ipswich around an hour later between 3.30pm and 4pm, at an address in Woodrush Road, Purdis Farm.
As the occupant returned home, he heard the horn of a silver-coloured Jaguar sound.
When he entered the house he discovered an attempt had been made to force open the rear patio doors, which was not successful. Four men were then seen getting into the Jaguar which drove off in the direction of Foxglove Crescent.
The final incident took place at around 4.20pm at a house in Great Glemham Road, Stratford St Andrew. Three men entered the property via the back door and one of them held the victim – a man aged in his eighties – whilst the other two searched the house.
The victim was then threatened by one of the men with a screwdriver as they demanded money, stealing a quantity of cash before leaving. They were seen to get into a grey-coloured car, believed also to be a Jaguar. The victim suffered a minor graze to his arm as a result of this incident.
Police are considering potential links between these incidents and five others which have taken place since the beginning of the year, the details of which are as follows:
- 12 January, at a house in High Street, Cavendish. Burglary with violence where the victim was pushed over and a wallet was stolen.
- 7 March, at a house in Hervey Road, Bury St Edmunds. Burglary with violence where again the victim was pushed.
- 7 March, at a house in Falmouth Avenue, Newmarket. Burglary – offenders disturbed inside the property.
- 8 March, at a house in Brookview, off Belstead Road, Ipswich. Attempted burglary – offenders disturbed trying to force open back door and crowbar brandished at victim.
- 16 March, a house in Church Road, Tattingstone. Robbery – suspects entered house and assaulted occupant aged in his 70s before stealing a quantity of cash.
An 18-year-old man from Luton was arrested on Tuesday 22 March in connection with these five offences. He was questioned and has been bailed to return to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre on Wednesday 25 May pending further enquiries.
Detective Chief Inspector Barry Byford, who is overseeing the investigation into these offences, said: “These types of burglary where violence or the threat of violence is used are rare in Suffolk, and as such I am very concerned by these crimes.
“However, we are following a number of lines of enquiry and have some strong leads into who may be responsible for these offences and we have put a special team of detectives together specifically to investigate them.
“I am appealing for anyone who may have information about any of these incidents to come forward, especially if they have witnessed any suspicious persons or vehicles in the vicinity of the offences – in particular a silver or grey-coloured Jaguar in respect of the incidents this weekend.”
Any witnesses, or anyone with information about any of these incidents, is asked to contact Ipswich CID on 101 quoting Operation Warrington, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.