POLICE are appealing for information and warning people to be vigilant after a spate of burglaries in the Duke Bar area of Burnley.
The first burglary took place at a house in Cleaver Street overnight between 10-15pm on Wednesday, October 24th, and 6-50am on Thursday, October 25th, where burglars got into the property through an insecure door at the rear of the house.
While the occupants were upstairs asleep, the offenders searched the living room and stole two laptops, a black leather handbag containing cash and cards and three bottles of perfume.
One of the laptops contained sentimental family photographs including pictures of the couple’s young children with their grandfather who has since passed away.
Other burglaries have since taken place in Kyan Street, Sunningdale Gardens and Briercliffe Road between October 27th and 28th.
PC Haydn Sibley said: “Although the first burglary appeared to be a sneak in, the majority of the following incidents appear to have been committed by offenders who have forced their way into houses using garden tools found in the victims’ gardens so we would urge people to make sure tools are locked away out of sight where possible.
“If anyone has any information that they think might help or if anyone has seen anything at all suspicious in the area recently, I would urge them to get in touch.”
Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.