Police concern after spate of five daytime burglaries

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A spate of village burglaries has sparked an appeal by police.

Between 8am and 8.30pm on Monday, five burglaries and attempted burglaries took place in the Wendover area.

These were in Thornton Crescent and Cavendish Close in Wendover, an attempted burglary in Vinetrees in Wendover, a burglary in Bishops Field, Aston Clinton, and an attempted burglary in Hemlock Close, Weston Turville.

All the burglaries took place during the day at unoccupied houses.

The offender or offenders gained access by using a tool to force entry to either the back or the side of the property.

One offender is a white man, aged in his mid-twenties, slim, 5ft 6ins, with short light brown hair. He was wearing a dark blue or black jacket with a grey hooded top underneath and blue jeans.

PC John Johnston from Aylesbury police station said: “Before the burglaries took place, the area was visited by people giving out leaflets about a fake tree cutting service from Harefield. I would like to remind people to check the legitimacy of services before you accept them, and report anything suspicious to police.

“In these incidents, it appears the offenders have been ignoring electronic items and conducting searches for jewellery and alcohol. The victims include a woman aged in her nineties.

“The property stolen includes a pearl necklace and earrings, a diamond ring, watches, two bottles of Bollinger champagne and two decorative plates depicting peacocks.

“A Ford Focus was seen in the Thornton Crescent area and it drove around the road five times in a suspicious manner.

“Since the start of October there have been approximately 16 burglaries in this area. It cannot be confirmed at this time whether all the offences are linked however I am keeping an open mind regarding offences and would welcome any information to assist my investigation.”

If you have any information about the incident please call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.