Warning after three break-ins yesterday in Stonehouse and Stroud
A warning has gone out after three homes in Stonehouse and Stroud were burgled yesterday afternoon.
Jewellery, watches and cash were stolen during the break-ins.
Police are appealing for witnesses and reminding the public of additional ways they can help protect their homes.
A home in Canberra, Stonehouse, was targeted by thieves who forced entry to the address between 5pm and 6.30pm and stole cash and jewellery.
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Between 6pm and 6.30pm a resident in Haven Avenue, Stonehouse awoke to find a man in his house. The thief, who ran from the property empty handed, is described as white, around 5ft 10" tall and approximately 20-years-old. It's thought he entered through an insecure rear door.
A home in Bowbridge Lane, Stroud, was also broken into between 4.45pm and 7.40pm when thieves damaged a rear patio door to gain entry to the address. A men's Seiko watch with a yellow face and a silver bracelet and a men's Breil watch with black face and silver bracelet were stolen.
Crime Reduction Officer for the county, Paul Francis, said: "Each of these incidents happened at a time when homes can be particularly vulnerable at this time of year – the time when it's dark but people are still at work or travelling home.
"One quite cheap and simple way of helping reduce the chances of your home being targeted is to make it look like you are in during these hours by installing timer switches on your lights or electrical equipment.
"We'd also encourage anyone who would like to speak to us about how they can further protect their home to call their local policing team on 101 who will be able to offer some other tips."
The burglaries are being thoroughly investigated and officers are urging anyone in these areas that saw or heard any suspicious activity, no matter how small it may seem, to contact them.
Anyone with any information about any of these burglaries is asked to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 351 of October 30.
You can also give information anonymously by contacting the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org and you may receive a reward if someone is arrested and charged.