Police are linking a series of burglaries carried out in broad daylight – and reminding householders to be extra vigilant.
The daytime break-ins all took place on Tuesday, April 28, with detectives keen to trace two young men seen acting suspiciously.
Properties in Waldingfield Road, Sudbury, and Lavenham Road, Great Waldingfield, were targeted in the latest raids, as well as homes in Stanningfield and Little Whelnetham.
In each incident, the culprits smashed their way through patio doors, before fleeing with items of jewellery and cash.
The burglary in Great Waldingfield took place between 12.30pm and 12.40pm, with police officers called immediately.
The area was searched by officers, who were assisted by dog and helicopter units, but they were unable to locate the offenders.
Witnesses reported seeing two young men knocking on doors in the area.
They are both described as white, aged about 18 and of slim build. They were wearing grey tracksuit clothing.
A further incident in Wamil Way, Mildenhall, on the same day is being linked to Operation Domain – an investigation into a spate of 80 burglaries across Suffolk.
Detective Inspector Nick Power, of Bury St Edmunds CID, said: “I am again appealing to local communities to report any suspicious activity that they may have seen or heard.
“In respect of these incidents, we have had reports of suspicious activity given to us after the burglaries were discovered, but if we received these reports earlier, we may have been able to prevent the break-ins from taking place.
“I do appreciate that people may not think that what they have seen or heard could be criminal behaviour and they may be concerned that they could be calling the police unnecessarily, but I would much rather they make the call and let us assess the information.
“The whole idea behind our ‘See it, Hear it, Report it’ campaign is that we want people to contact us about anything they believe to be suspicious or unusual.
“You will not be wasting our time as our call handlers will be able to act on the information given appropriately and send police units to investigate if they believe it is warranted.”
Anyone with information about any of these incidents, or who witnesses any suspicious behaviour in their local area, is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101, or 999 if they believe a crime is in progress. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.