Police link Mid Beds burglaries

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Detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward after two cars were stolen from outside a property in Westoning in the early hours of Friday morning (February 8).

The incident happened sometime between 1am and 3.30am after the offenders forced open the front door of the property in Newlands Road, Westoning.

The thieves then stole two sets of car keys – belonging to a blue Mercedes C250 and a silver Audi A5 convertible, as well as two laptop computers.

They then left the property and drove off from the driveway in the vehicles.

Both vehicles were spotted by a witness nearby and they were in convoy with a third vehicle - believed to be a Vauxhall Astra van with tinted windows - heading towards the M1.

The incident is being linked to an attempted burglary which took place in Burghley Close, Flitwick, earlier on that night when offenders tried to break into the rear of a property without success.

It is believed that the offenders may have been attempting to find the keys for an expensive vehicle which was parked on the driveway but left empty-handed.

Detective Constable Darren Armitage, who is investigating both incidents, is keen to hear from anyone who was in the Newlands Road area of Westoning on Friday morning and may have seen the offenders either before or after the break-in.

He would also like to hear from anyone who was in Burghley Close, Flitwick, from 11pm on Thursday February 7 and may have seen anything suspicious.

DC Armitage said: “Newer cars generally have a security system in place which makes it almost impossible for the vehicle to be stolen without the keys. For that reason, thieves are committing burglaries specifically to steal car keys and any other valuables that are nearby and this is the case with the incident in Westoning and we believe was the intention in Flitwick as well.

“We would really like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of these offences or anyone else who may have information – however small or insignificant they think it is – that could help us.

To help reduce the risk of car theft, Bedfordshire Police are urging motorists not to leave their car keys or valuables anywhere where they can be easily seen from outside or within range to be ‘fished’ through the letterbox.

If you have information relating to this incident, contact DC Armitage, in confidence, on 01234 275291, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.