Five Baldock homes targeted as burglars steal jewellery, cash and iPad – with garden tools used in some cases to break in

Police are appealing for witnesses following attempted ram raid in Kimbolton

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Burglars targeted five homes in Baldock on or around New Year’s Eve and stole jewellery, cash and an iPad – in some cases forcing entry using garden tools belonging to the victims themselves.

Police have warned locals to be vigilant following the spate of burglaries, which happened between 11am on December 30 and 4pm on New Year’s Day.

The first incident was in Pinnocks Lane, at some time between 11am on December 30 and 12.20pm on New Year’s Day. Someone got in through the back door, ransacked the home and then left without stealing anything.

The second happened in Icknield Way, between 11am on New Year’s Eve and 1am the next morning. A garden tool left in the garden by the householder was used in an unsuccessful attempt to gain entry.

The third, also in Icknield Way, happened between 3.30pm and 10pm on New Year’s Eve. Someone entered the home through a kitchen window and, after a messy search, stole jewellery and cash.

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The fourth incident was in Hopewell Road, between 6pm on New Year’s Eve and 4pm the next day. A garden tool was used to force a window open, after which someone ransacked the property.

The fifth burglary was in Church Street between 5pm and 9pm on New Year’s Eve. Someone broke in through a rear window and stole an iPad.

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Letchworth and Baldock safer neighbourhood team Sgt Alan Clarke said: “I am appealing to anyone who was in the area of where the offences took place during the stated times and saw anyone acting suspiciously to please get in contact.

“I’d also like to remind people how important it is to ensure your home is secure when you leave it to protect it from burglary. It is particularly important to not leave garden equipment out around your home as they can be used as a tool to force entry into properties.”

The crime reference numbers for these offences are as follows:

*Pinnocks Lane – G3/17/4

*Both offences in Icknield Way – G3/17/3

*Hopewell Road – G3/17/6

*Church Street – G3/16/718

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