Crime File with Harrogate police

Police appeal for information
Police appeal for information

Police in Harrogate are appealing for information or witnesses to crimes reported in the town in the past week.

Six burglaries have been reported in Harrogate and Spofforth between June 25th and 30th.

The first, last Tuesday, saw burglars break in to a house on Ripon Road, forcing their way in through a locked door and stealing a cigarette lighter.

Burglars struck in Spofforth last Wednesday, getting into a house on Church Hill through an insecure window and stealing electronic equipment.

Another burglary was reported on Thursday, on Ripon Road, with a bike stolen from an insecure attached garage.

Jewellery, including a diamond engagement ring, a ladies gold Rolex watch and gold cuff links, were stolen from a house on Almsford Close between 9am and 11am last Friday.

Another burglary happened on Hookstone Chase overnight last Friday, with burglars getting in through an insecure window and stealing electronic equipment.

And a final burglary was reported on Woodlands Court from Sunday, June 30. Again, burglars got into the property through an insecured door and stole electronic equipment.

With warmer weather approaching, police are warning people to remember to lock doors and windows. “It’s hot, people are leaving windows and doors open and criminals are taking advantage of that,” said Sgt Tom Jackson of the Harrogate Safer Neighbourhood Team. “There are ways to open doors and windows securely and police can carry out home security checks to advise on how to go about this.”

Petrol is being stolen from cars across the county, with two reports of tank drilling in Harrogate in the past week.

The first was reported on Almsford Close and is believed to have taken place some time between Friday, June 21 and Monday, June 24.

The second was reported on Victoria Terrace, and happened between June 27 and 28.

Police say thieves are getting underneath the cars to drill into the tanks and siphon off the petrol, often stealing £60 - £70 worth of petrol at a time. “With rising fuel prices, petrol is a high value commodity,” said Sgt Jackson.

“People often don’t notice for a few days unless they are really vigilant about keeping track of when they put petrol in. But drivers should be aware if their fuel levels drop, it may be they have been targeted.”

A distinctive time trial bike worth around £2,000 has been stolen from a car parked on Hereford Road in Harrogate overnight between last Saturday and Sunday, June 29th to 30th. Police say the Planet X bright red time trial bike is very distinctive as it is custom-made.

Anyone with information about any of the above crimes is asked to call Harrogate Police on 101, selecting option two. Crimestoppers can also be called on 0800 555111.