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Crime roundup 23/09/11 – Burglaries target Asian businesses

Posted on - 23rd September, 2011 - 9:55am | Author - | Posted in - Crime

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Police in Preston have issued CCTV stills of two men they want to identify after a series of burglaries which targeted Asian heritage jewellery.

There have been up to twenty offences within the Preston area since April 2011 and police believe they could be linked. In each occasion the offenders have entered through forced entry through a rear door before stealing cash or jewellery and leaving behind expensive electrical goods.

The CCTV images relate to four separate offences, the first of which took place at St Thomas Road in Deepdale between 11:30am and 1pm on Thursday 25 August.  The offenders searched all the cupboards and drawers in the upstairs bedrooms before leaving the premises without stealing any property.

A further incident took place between 11 and 11.20am on Saturday 27 August at Holstein Street when the occupants were home. The offenders stole £230 in cash before running away from the house in the direction of East Street.

The most recent offence took place between 2.30pm and 4.15pm on the same day, 30 August, between 2.30pm and 4.15pm on St Thomas Road when the offenders have escaped with over £200 cash, four gold bangles, a pair of earrings, a necklace, ring and watch, valued at around £4,000.

The earrings are described as gold with three droplets on each jewel. The necklace has a gold chain with small balls and a gold oval pendant jewel. The ring is described as being shaped like a coil.

Sergeant Steve Ryder from Preston CID said: “Anyone with any names or information should contact myself DS Ryder or DC Majid at Preston CID on 01772 203203″.

Police are appealing for information following a burglary at a primary school in Preston.

Between 6pm on Friday 9 September and 7am on Monday 12 September, somebody gained entry to Holme Slack Primary School and stole two laptops.

The school is surrounded by high fencing and it is believed the offender or offenders have scaled the fence in order to get into the grounds of school.

The laptops are described as a charcoal grey 14 inch Hewitt and Packard laptop and a black 15 inch Acer laptop.

Prior to taking the laptops it appears that there has been a failed attempted to steal lead flashing from a section of the roof.

PC Dave Senior said: “This is a despicable crime. An awful lot of work which was saved on the laptops has now been lost, leaving pupils and teachers incredibly upset.

“I would appeal to anybody who may have seen anyone scaling the fence at some point over the weekend in question, or anybody on the roof of the school, to contact police.”

Anybody with any information is asked to contact police on 08451 25 35 45 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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