Crime File with Harrogate police

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Police are warning residents to be vigilant after a number of burglaries in the Jennyfields area of Harrogate.

Between Sunday, February 16 and Monday, February 17, three houses were broken into Bilton Lane, Stonecrop Avenue and Columbine Grove.

Jewellery, three laptops and an iPad were taken.

Earlier in the month four sheds and a garage were also targeted by thieves on Primrose Close, Saltergate Drive, Stone Bramble and Orchid way. Two mountain bikes were taken in the incidents.

Officers are appealing for people to be vigilant and review their security.

Temp Sgt Lee Partridge, of Harrogate police, said: “We have experienced a rise in burglaries, particularly shed break-ins, primarily between late morning and early evening in the Jennyfields area. Residents can reduce criminal opportunities by securing all premises including garages and sheds and keeping valuable items such as push bikes out of view through windows.”

Police are also appealing for information about the following crimes which have been reported in the district:

l A cat was shot in the leg by an air weapon in the Knox Park area between 1pm and 2pm on February 14.

l A cash machine was damaged on Cambridge Crescent some time between February 8 and 9.

l Cycling equipment and a Scott carbon racing bike was stolen from a garage on Royal Gardens, after thieves forced the door sometime between 10pm and February 10 and 8am the following morning.

l Burglars stole a handbag, rucksack and mobile phone after entering an unsecured house on Forest Lane between 11pm on February 10 and 7.30am the following day.

l The window of a passenger coach was smashed on Oak Beck Walk between 5pm on February 11 and 6.30am the next morning.

l Thieves forced their way into a garage on Heath Grove by smashing a side window, stealing a black Marida Nake Hybrid bicycle. They struck between 3pm and 4.30pm on February 12.

l Two laptops were stolen from a house on Kent Road, after burglars prised open a rear window between 10.45pm on February 12 and 7am the following morning.

l A large quantity of diesel was stolen from a property in Haverah Park overnight on February 12.

l A handbag and a vase was stolen from an unsecured property on Kent Road between midnight and 6am on Thursday, February 13.

l At approximately 4.30am on February 13 a shed on Chestnut Avenue was forced open and a black and blue Voodoo push bike was stolen.