Detectives ask: ‘Is this stolen property yours?’

Items believed to be stolen recovered by Essex Police. Officers want to reunite them with their righ

Items believed to be stolen recovered by Essex Police. Officers want to reunite them with their rightful owners. - Credit: Archant

Detectives are trying to reunite burglary victims in Essex, Suffolk and further afield with their stolen property.

More than 100 items, mostly jewellery or electronic goods, were stolen in a string of burglaries between April and June this year.

Three people involved in the offences – Rosanna Ruffell, 23, her brother George Ruffell, 18, and a 16-year-old boy, all from Colchester – were sentenced for conspiracy to burgle during a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court earlier this month.

Ms Ruffell was sentenced to two years and six months’ imprisonment, George Ruffell was given four years and three months’ detention, and the teenager received a youth rehabilitation order, for their role in a total of 24 burglaries mostly in Essex, Ipswich and west Suffolk.

Essex Police now believe the trio’s offending may have spread as far as Birmingham and beyond.


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Detective constable Steven Walker, from Colchester CID, said: “The sentencing of these burglars marks the end of a wide-scale operation covering five counties and I’m sure their imprisonment will have stopped many more offences.

“I’m pleased the victims of their crimes have now been able to see them brought to justice.

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“However there is still work to be done and we’re trying to return the stolen property to its rightful owners.

“We’re asking anyone who has been burgled between April and June to take a look at the photos.”

An album of photographs of the stolen items has been published on the Essex Police Flickr page.

View the full gallery at www.flickr.com/photos/essexpoliceuk/albums/72157660152125755 and call Colchester CID on 101 quoting Operation Spalding and the photo’s reference number to stake a claim.

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