Police step up patrols in Hitchin after six burglaries in one day

Police appeal for witnesses as Hitchin experiences a crime spree

Police appeal for witnesses as Hitchin experiences a crime spree - Credit: Archant

Six homes in Hitchin were burgled on Wednesday in the space of a few hours, with police stepping up patrols as they attempt to track down the thieves.

A Guess wrist watch with distinctive leopard pattern, a Playstation 4, and a Kindle were taken when a house was burgled on Harkness Way between 3.30pm and 5pm.

At 4.30pm a house on Gainsford Street was also broken into, before an address was burgled in Kings Hedges between 5.15pm and 6pm when a gold necklace, a gold ring and a small amount of cash taken.

From around 3.30pm to 7.20pm a property in Wellingham Avenue was burgled with the offender stealing a cluster diamond engagement ring and an 18 carat gold link bracelet.

A 40-inch Samsung TV was then stolen from a home on Gosling Avenue between 3.30pm and 7.05pm, with a house in Lawn Close targeted at some point between 11am and 7.20pm. A silver Rotary wrist watch, a silver necklace and a man’s wedding ring were taken.

Investigating officer DC Kate Raine said: “We are doing all we can to find the people responsible for these burglaries and as well as on-going investigations, we are stepping up patrols in affected areas.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have been in the areas in which the burglaries took place during the stated times and saw anything or anyone suspicious to please get in contact. Perhaps you saw some unfamiliar people hanging around or a vehicle that’s not usually there.

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“I’d also like to speak to anyone who is offered any items, similar to those which have been stolen, for sale. Any information you provide could help us to find those responsible for these burglaries.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Raine via the non-emergency number 101 citing crime reference number G1/14/3021. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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