Police find dumped vehicle believed to have been used in recent burglaries in Rugby

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A VW Golf has been found by police after it was believed to have been used in recent burglaries in the area.

Officers say the car was found dumped in Coventry and was warning the public to stay alert about suspicious activity around homes.

The warning comes after a number of burglaries in Rugby and Southam which police believe could be linked.

Sometime between 2.20pm and 4.10pm on Thursday 15 March a home in Scots Close, Rugby was broken into via the front door and an untidy search made inside. The burglars are believed to have left the property after triggering a hidden alarm. It is not known whether anything was stolen.

One witness reports seeing a VW Golf with two people inside on the driveway at around 3.50pm, then a male ran out of the property and the vehicle sped off. This is the vehicle that has now been found by police.

At 4.45pm on 15 March a woman returned home to find her back gate open. She had only been out for around 35 minutes. She opened the front door and the breeze hit her. She then saw the back door was wide open and called the police. Officers arrived to discover that jewellery and a computer had been stolen from the property in Welsh Road W, Southam after burglars had made an untidy search.

Officers spoke to two witnesses who reported seeing a dark grey VW Golf in Grange Close with three white males inside. The front passenger knocked on the door of a property in Grange Close asking for directions to Coventry.

Another witness saw a male down a side alley near the burgled property. Whilst another member of the public said two males in a grey car had knocked on her door during the afternoon.

Between midday and 5.10pm on 15 March, a TV and a small amount of cash was stolen from a home in Old Road, Southam after burglars had made a messy search.

Officers carried out house to house enquiries and one witness reported a male knocking at her door between 4.30pm and 5pm asking if they wanted a window cleaner. She said no and closed the door.

DC Gary Hammond said: “Please stay alert to any suspicious activity around homes in your area. We have increased patrols in and around the areas where the burglaries have been occurring but please be vigilant. If you see someone acting suspiciously, perhaps claiming to be window cleaners or asking for directions and get a feeling that something is not quite right, then contact the police straight away.”

Please contact DC 675 Gary Hammond in Local Investigation on 01926 415000 ext 3849 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If you believe a crime is in progress and offenders are still at the scene, please dial 999.