Police arrest man in connection with big burglary spree

Detectives in Selby have arrested a man suspected of committing numerous burglaries in the district.

The suspect, aged 37 from the West Yorkshire area, has been questioned in connection with seven separate offences in Church Fenton, Cawood, Escrick, Brayton, Chapel Haddlesey and Riccall, many of which were committed while the victims were away on holiday.

The burglaries occurred between September 4 and October 2 and officers are investigating the possibility that they have been committed by two ‘teams’ of offenders.

The burglary in Chapel Haddlesey occurred on Hirst Road sometime between September 4 and 10.

Thieves then struck in Thorpe Lane, Cawood, and Main Street, Church Fenton, between September 20 and 21.

Two days later another house was hit by burglars on Doncaster Road in Brayton, followed a day later by two homes in Riccall, on Main Street, and The Hawthorns.

The last report was of a property on The Glade in Escrick being targeted overnight between October 1 and 2. Among the items taken during the raids were jewellery, tools, electrical goods and cash.

Despite the arrest of a suspect, police believe that there may be further people involved in the burglaries and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Constable Emma Drummond, of Selby CID, said: “Obviously burglary is an extremely distressing crime to fall victim to, especially when you have just returned from holiday.

“Although an arrest has been made in connection with these incidents, there are still enquiries to be made.

“Did you see anything suspicious at the time of the burglaries or have you been offered any electrical goods or jewellery for sale recently? If you can help the investigation I urge you to get in touch with the police or Crimestoppers as soon as possible.”

DC Drummond also urged residents to take the necessary precautions to secure their homes and deter potential burglars.

She added: “Home security is a very important issue and I urge everyone to make life as difficult as possible for criminals. Ensure all your windows and doors have locks, your home is well lit and use a burglar alarm if you have one. If you go away ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your home by opening and shutting curtains, turning lights on and off and removing your post. Also, don’t forget to cancel milk and paper deliveries which can be give away signs that a house is unoccupied.”

Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is urged to contact DC Emma Drummond, of Selby CID, on 0845 6060247. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For more information about home security visit the North Yorkshire Police website www.northyorkshire.police.uk/haven