Spate of burglaries in Gloucester as police fear gang at work
HOMES are being broken into at a rate of more than one a day in a small area of Gloucester.
A recent spate has seen seven burglaries committed in Linden since Friday, with thieves making off with thousands of pounds worth of hard-earned personal possessions. Police think a gang may be at work.
Victim Nicola Gibbons has spoken of her despair after Christmas presents intended for her family were among a haul taken by raiders.
Nicola, 23, had her ground-floor flat ransacked while she visited her mum on Tuesday afternoon. She was out of the flat for just a few hours from 5pm to 9.15pm.
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She is now convinced her home was being watched by the thieves and is so scared of it happening again she is looking to move elsewhere.
"They must have been watching," said Nicola, who works in catering. "They broke in through a back window and took the TV, a laptop, my boyfriend's iPhone and £200 worth of clothes we had bought as Christmas presents for my family.
"I've worked so hard to buy those presents over the past few months, there's no way I'll be able to replace them."
The couple is far from alone after a spate of burglaries.
Televisions, smartphones, games consoles, and laptops have been pinched from four other homes in Linden since Friday. A tuba worth £1,000 and power tools were taken in two more.
Chief Inspector Richard Burge said: "We do believe many of these break-ins are linked and are currently following up a number of inquiries. The issue in Linden is one of our major priorities and I can reassure the community we have increased patrols in the area."