December 11 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Police in Essex are investigating two break-ins in Witham in which tens of thousands of pounds worth of property was stolen.
Detectives say the two raids are not linked.
In the first incident on Tuesday, a family’s collection of gold jewellery was stolen – more than 30 items, all of great sentimental value.
Officers believe intruders broke into the property at Turstan Road between 10am and 1.45pm through a rear door and ransacked rooms to find the jewellery that was worth a five-figure sum.
Investigating officer, DC Shelley Tarling, said: “Members of the family are devastated because the jewellery included family heirlooms that had been passed through the generations.
“We want to hear from anyone who has been offered small items of gold jewellery for sale in suspicious circumstances and we want to hear from anyone seen acting suspiciously in Turstan Road during the morning and early afternoon of October 15.
“We believe that the thieves may have made a great deal of noise as they broke into the property. We also know they carried the jewellery away in a pillow case.”
The second incident happened at Conrad Road while the occupants were on holiday and was discovered on Wednesday.
A camcorder, jewellery and watches, together valued at a four-figure sum, were stolen after thieves forced their way through a rear door.
Anyone with any information about the Turstan Road break-in should contact DC Tarling, and for the Conrad Road incident DC Victoria Butler, at Braintree CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.