Clacton/Witham: Television, laptop and iPads among Christmas presents stolen in burglaries

Sunday, December 15, 2013
9:34 AM

Heartless thieves have made off with Christmas presents including iPads, jewellery and a Ralph Lauren jumper in two burglaries.

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A house in Rickstones Road, Witham was robbed of presents including a black iPad, a men’s green Ralph Lauren jumper, Calvin Klein underwear, Jean Paul Gautier aftershave and a Tees de Paris silver ring.

They also made off with an Asus laptop and a Hitachi HD LED television, which were both still in their boxes.

The culprits got into the house sometime between 7.45am and 4.40pm on Thursday after smashing a hole in French doors at the rear of the property before reaching in and opening the door.

Investigating officer DC Shelley Tarling said: “It is particularly distressing that the items stolen were Christmas presents and some were so new they were still in their boxes.

“I would strongly urge people to have a re-think about their security at this time of year, because the last thing you want is gifts stolen.”

Police would like to speak to a man who was seen in an alleyway next to the house that morning. He is described as a white man, about 5 ft 10 ins tall, and of slim build. He was wearing a turquoise hooded top with the hood up.

Anyone with any information should contact Braintree CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A house in Anchor Road, Clacton was also burgled, between 1.30pm and 10.30pm on Thursday, where thieves took an iPad and jewellery.

Investigating officer DC Luke Howard said: “Sadly, most burglars don’t have any problem in stealing the gifts you have carefully chosen for loved ones this Christmas.

“To protect your gifts I would advise that you ensure your home is properly secured when you go out, and consider putting any lights on a timer so thieves don’t realise your home is empty.”

Anyone with information should contact Clacton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.