Burglaries at rural Harrogate homes 'may be linked'

Police are urging homeowners to be sure their outbuildings are secure
Police are urging homeowners to be sure their outbuildings are secure

Police are investigating after two break-ins at outbuildings of properties near Harrogate, which may be linked.

Homeowners are being urged to check the security of their outbuildings after the burglaries earlier this month.

It came after offenders broke into garages at a property in Pannal between 5pm on Thursday April 13 and 10am on Saturday April 15. The outbuildings were damaged and four alloy wheels, worth £800, a chainsaw and a can of petrol were stolen.

The wheels are distinctive black and silver Porsche 997 Turbo alloys.

Thieves stole a chainsaw and a can of petrol in the second break-in at a farmyard in Beckwithshaw, which happened between 7.15pm on Friday April 14 and 9am on Saturday April 15.

PC Lisa Cobbold, of Knaresborough Police, said: “We are investigating whether the two burglaries are linked, and I am appealing for anyone with information about these incidents to get in touch. I would also urge people living in rural areas of Harrogate to remain vigilant, review their home and outbuilding security, and report any suspicious activity to the police.”

Contact PC Cobbald on 101 or email lisa.cobbold@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference number 12170064285 (Pannal) or 12170064132 (Beckwithshaw).