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Warning for Suffolk residents as violent gang strikes again in burglaries linked to Jaguar

PUBLISHED: 09:17 13 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:17 13 April 2016

Stratford St Andrew. Picture: Mike Page

Stratford St Andrew. Picture: Mike Page

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A senior detective is urging people to be vigilant after a man was threatened with a screwdriver in the latest in a string of violent raids on Suffolk homes.

Police believe three incidents, which took place within four hours of each other on Saturday, may involve the same gang of men – who used a Jaguar as a get-away car.

A further five crimes across the county are thought to be connected with the gang, including an attack on an elderly man in his own home

Three men broke into a home at around 4.20pm and stole hundreds of pounds from the man, who is in his eighties and lives in Great Glemham Road, Stratford St Andrew, near Saxmundham.

Earlier that day, police were called to an address in Icklingham, near Mildenhall, at around 2.30pm following reports that an elderly resident had closed the door on a man claiming his water supply was contaminated and needed to be fixed. The resident reported the incident to police and said the man got away in a silver Jaguar.

A second incident at Purdis Farm, near Ipswich, happened an hour later between 3.30pm and 4pm. As the occupant returned home, he heard the horn of a silver-coloured Jaguar sound.

When he entered the house he discovered an attempt had been made to force open the rear patio doors, which was not successful. Four men were then seen getting into the Jaguar which drove off in the direction of Foxglove Crescent.

Detective Chief Inspector Barry Byford, who is investigating the burglaries, confirmed police were linking all three.

He said: “These are very odd crimes. They happened within four hours of each other and a lot of vulnerable people have been left distressed by them.

“Windows were smashed at Purdis Farm and a man sustained minor injuries in Stratford St Andrew. Although the methods used in each case differ the silver Jaguar remains an interesting detail.

“We are exploring the incidents in relation to five other burglaries that took place throughout March – particularly one that occured in Tattingstone, where a man was hospitalised.

“I would urge the public to remain vigilant. Do not open your door to anyone that you don’t know and call the police if you see anything suspicious.”

Five similar incidents, including one on March 16 where a man in his 70s was assaulted in Tattingstone before cash was stolen from him, are being linked to Saturday’s spate of burglaries.

DCI Byford added: “These types of burglary where violence or the threat of violence is used are rare in Suffolk, and as such I am very concerned by these crimes. We have put a special team of detectives together to investigate them.”

An 18-year-old man from Luton was arrested on March 22 in connection with five offences in Cavendish, Tattingstone, Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich.

He was questioned and has been bailed to return to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre on May 25 pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information should contact Ipswich CID on 101 quoting Operation Warrington, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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