Violent gang of burglars who threatened man, 80, with screwdriver linked to nine raids across Suffolk and Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 12:07 25 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:07 25 April 2016

Police are investigating a string of violent robberies

Police are investigating a string of violent robberies

A violent gang of thieves are being hunted after striking at least eight times when targeting the homes of elderly and middle-aged residents.

Detectives are now linking more than half a dozen incidents in less than two weeks in Suffolk and Norfolk, including one where a man in his 80s was threatened with a screwdriver in his home.

Six of the raids took place on Saturday, April 9, while two more occurred on Tuesday evening.

Detective Chief Inspector Barry Byford, of Suffolk Constabulary, said: “The people carrying out these burglaries are looking for opportunities to steal cash and jewellery.

“They target premises where it would be obvious to them that it is likely cash or jewellery would be found.

“I would asked residents to remain vigilant, report anything they see that is suspicious, and not open their doors to people they don’t know.

“Residents should call the police if they have got any concerns over anyone in their area they may be worried about.

“We are particularly interested in hearing about a grey Jaguar and would urge any witnesses to these, or other incidents, to come forward with information.”

Last week police said the gang were involved in offences in Icklingham, Stratford St Andrew and Purdis Farm, near Ipswich, on April 9. Now it has emerged they also struck three times in Norfolk on the same day.

At Gillingham they offered to do garden and driveway work which the resident declined. She then looked into her house to find it had been ransacked and cash stolen.

A man broke-into the home of a woman in her 90s in Little Fransham around 6pm. He told her he was from the water board. Several more men entered and stole cash.

In Chedgrave jewellery was stolen during a burglary.

At around 7pm on Tuesday a woman was pushed into a chair and threatened when three men came into her home in Nordelph and stole jewellery after demanding cash.

Around an hour earlier men distracted a couple on the driveway of their home in Colton while a handbag was stolen from inside containing cash, cards and a mobile phone.

In Suffolk, men broke into a house in Glemham Road, Stratford St Andrew. at around 4.20pm and stole hundreds of pounds from a man in his 80s who was threatened with a screwdriver.

Around two hours earlier an Icklingham man was told his water supply was contaminated. Police were contacted and a male was said to have made his getaway in a Jaguar.

Between 3.30pm and 4pm on April 9 a man returned home to Purdis Farm and heard a Jaguar car horn being sounded. He then discovered an attempt had been made to enter the property through the patio doors.

Previously police said they were also exploring five other Suffolk burglaries in March. However, they now believe these are not connected.

If you have information which could help police catch the thieves telephone 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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