Police warning Rugby residents to keep their doors locked following a number of burglaries

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A MAN caught a thief in his house in Monks Kirby last night (Monday).

At around 7pm last night a man was watching TV when he heard the door handle creak at his home in Busbys Piece, Monks Kirby near Rugby.

A spokesman for Warwickshire Plice said: “He went to the door in time to see a man reach inside the house to grab a computer bag that had no computer in and run off. He shouted at the male to say it’s just paperwork in the bag and saw him get into a silver car containing two other males that drove off towards Withybrook.”

The man who grabbed the bag is described as a white male, approximately 18-25 years old with blond hair. The man drove around the area and found the paperwork on a lane between Withybrook and the Fosseway.

During the course of the early evening yesterday there were three other similar burglaries around the county one after another.

Police are sending an urgent request to the public to keep your doors locked at home even if you are popping out for a short time leaving others in the house. They are also urging people to keep keys and other valuables in a safe place away from doors and windows where they cannot be seen.

Crime Prevention Manager George Stepney said: “It is really important that all members of the family are asked to keep the doors locked even if it is early and others are at home. Burglars are always looking for easy pickings. If you make it difficult for them by locking your doors, they cannot just walk in and help themselves to your car keys, handbag or laptop.”

Officers are investigating whether some or all of the incidents are linked and appealing for any witnesses to contact DI Todd Lomax in Local Investigation on 01926 415000 ext 3108 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.