Suffolk Police warn stable owners to review security after spate of tack thefts
Suffolk Police have warned stable owners to review their security after a spate of tack thefts.
On Tuesday a yard in Exning's Church Street was broken into by two burglars. Breaking their way through a number of locks, they entered various buildings at the property and moved items around.
After a few minutes the pair got into their car. To do so they smashed the drivers side window of the victims car, released the handbrake, and used their own vehicle to push the car out of the way before making off at about 6.30pm.
Police said nothing appeared to have been stolen and the break-in was seen on CCTV.
It is the latest in a string of yard break-ins, with Suffolk Police now urging stable owners to be alert.
A Suffolk Police spokesman said: "We would suggest stable owners review their security measures in their paddocks and stables, and the wider public should remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity."
As part of the surge of break-ins earlier this month, on February 7, a yard just outside Mildenhall in Holywell Row was targeted.
Burglars forced their way into the yard's storage building and stole 10 saddles.
And last month saddles were stolen from another Exning yard in North End Road.
Its main gate padlock was removed between 7.30 and 8.30pm on January 10, with thieves then forcing entry to the tack room where they stole saddles, tack and horse feed.
Detectives said they believed the thieved may have used a wheelbarrow to take the stolen items to a car before driving off.
Not only yards around Newmarket being targeted. A stables in Ipswich was broken into earlier in the month, where a bridle and halters was stolen.
The police spokesman added asked those with further information about the thefts to call 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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