Police warn of widespread burglaries across Rugby borough

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A NUMBER of homes around Rugby have been targeted by thieves in the last few weeks.

Between 7.30am and 6pm on September 19 thieves broke into a home in Flecknoe and searched the upstairs before stealing many items of jewellery.

Also on September 19, between 10am and 7.20pm, burglars forced open a rear ground floor window at another home in Flecknoe and then threw a brick through the window and reached through to open the latch.

Once inside the house, the thieves removed a large breadknife from the kitchen and left it on top of a toolbox just inside the window. The only thing stolen from the house was a notebook.

Between 9am and 5,45pm on September 24 offenders forced open the kitchen window of a home in Broadwell and entered the house. After searching the house they stole Nokia mobile phone, a necklace and a bracelet.

During the night of September 23 into the next day thieves smashed the rear window of a Vauxhall vehicle parked outside a home in Brockhurst Lane, Monks Kirby and stole a laptop computer, in a laptop bag, from the boot.

At some point before 12.15pm on September 17 a ground floor window was forced open at a home in Bond End, Monks Kirby, and a large quantity of jewellery was stolen.

Between 8am and 1pm on 24 September a window was forced open at a bunglaow home in Grove Road, Ansty. Once inside, the offenders carried out an untidy search before stealing IPod Touch, 4 Nintendo DS games consoles, a camcorder and a sat nav.

At some point between September 22 and 30 offenders forced open the patio doors of a home in Avocet Close, Rugby and entered the houseto steal a safe containing a quantity of cash.

Between September 15 and 30 thieves attempted to get into a home in Main Street, Withybrook after damaging the frame of a rear kitchen window. The failed to get into the house and nothing was stolen.

Between September 23 and 29 offenders entered the insecure rear garden of a home in Main Street, Stretton under Fosse and then broke a pad lock securing a shed. Once inside the shed, the offenders stole a red petrol strimmer, a red Mountfield petrol lawnmover, a yellow Husquvarna petrol chainsaw and a yellow McCulloch petrol hedgetrimmer.

At 12.20pm on September 18 witnesses saw suspicious persons and activity in the grounds of a vacant premises in Rugby Road, Brandon. An air rifle was stolen.

Further suspicious activity was reported at the vacant property on Rugby Road at just before 10am on September 20.

Between 7.30 and 11.05pm on September 26 offenders smashed the glass in the rear patio windows of a home in Birchwood Road, Binley Woods with a small flat instrument.

Once inside the premises they carried out an untidy search before stealing a kettle and a gold necklace.

Police are warning residents to remain alert and keep an eye out for suspicious people and vehicles.

Police can be contacted on 101.