May 26, 2016
Police hunt three men after jewellery stolen in burglaries in Burnham

Police have issued a description of three men they are hunting for after a number of burglaries in the Burnham-On-Sea area.

High-value jewellery and cash has been taken from 13 residential properties in North Somerset and Sedgemoor over the last two months - including Berrow, Burnham-On-Sea and other villages across the west part of Sedgemoor.

Officers have been given descriptions of three men they would like to talk to in connection with the burglaries and are keeping an open mind about whether the incidents are linked.

The first man is white, in his late-teens or twenties with a thin face and sandy coloured hair.

The second man is white, in his thirties with short, dark hair and a stocky build.

And the third man is white, in his fifties with short grey/blond hair, tall and of a slight build.

All were described as wearing baseball caps and tracksuit tops. A white high-end saloon car was also seen driving at speed away from one of the properties.

Chief Inspector Lisa Simpson, Area Commander for Somerset West, told "We are very keen to speak to anyone who has information about these burglaries or who potentially knows who these men are."

"We don’t underestimate the impact that having your home burgled can have on a victim. It is incredibly intrusive. Jewellery is often of immense sentimental value, in addition to monetary value, and is more difficult to replace than some electrical items."

"The burglaries seem to have taken place during the day, particularly in Sedgemoor, and during the evening in North Somerset. Do you know who is responsible? If you have information, please either call us or contact Crimestoppers."

"I would encourage people to take some relatively simple steps to protect their property and make it more difficult for thieves to steal precious family heirlooms."

If you have information about these burglaries, please either call police on 101 or contact them through the online form on their website. Alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call and you could earn a cash reward if your information leads to positive police action.


To keep your home and belongings safe, follow these steps:

• Be wary of advertising an empty house, by posting messages on Facebook about dates and times of family weddings, parties or holidays
• Make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked before you go out and before you go to bed. Always use your alarm
• Fit PIR, dusk-til-dawn lighting around your property and make sure your house looks occupied when you are out. Leave lights and a TV/radio on
• Jewellery should be stored securely in a suitable safe. Various grades of safe are available according to the value, size and number of items you want to store in it
• Safes should be supplied and fitted by a company approved by the Master Locksmiths Association
• Take photos of your valuables and write a short description of each one
• Don’t keep large amounts of cash in your home. Keep it in a bank, building society or post office account
• Record details of your valuables on the Immobilise property database, that way, if we recover your property, we can return it to you.


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