Police on M5 motorway

Burnham-On-Sea Police are appealing for witnesses after another local home was this week broken into and jewellery stolen — the latest in a spate of burglaries.

The incident happened while the occupants were out for just 30 minutes, between 5.30pm and 6pm, on Monday 3rd January in the village of Mark near Highbridge.

“Thieves made off with a quantity of jewellery, including rings of great sentimental value, and a gold ingot,” a Police spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com.

“A grey or silver saloon car – possibly an Audi – was seen parked on The Causeway with its hazard lights on.”

“We’re keen to hear from anyone who saw this vehicle and its occupants, or who has dashcam footage of the street at the time.”

“We also want to trace a man seen in the area. He’s described as white, of medium build, wearing light-coloured jeans, a black jacket and a cap and with his face covered with a snood.”

“If you saw anyone acting suspiciously that day, have been offered jewellery or gold in suspicious circumstances, or have any other information which could help, call 101 and give the reference 5222001826.”

The incident comes as a team of officers dedicated to tackling burglary is investigating over a dozen recent break-ins in Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and the Sedgemoor area in which jewellery has been targeted.

“We ask people to report any suspicious activity at a neighbour’s property straight away. If you hear an alarm sounding or glass breaking look out if you feel safe doing so and pass on descriptions of people and vehicles.”

“Call 999 if a crime is in progress or the suspects are still in the area. Otherwise ring the 24/7 non-emergency number 101.”

Police advice to deter burglars:

  • keeping side gates locked and storing tools and ladders securely
  • ensuring doors and windows are closed and locked if you’re not in the room
  • locking up and setting the alarm, if you have one, when it gets dark as well as when you go out
  • keeping cash in a bank, building society or post office account
  • using a specialist storage firm or safety deposit box for high value jewellery
  • if you do use a safe, investing in a good quality one that’s professionally fitted to a solid wall or floor
  • keeping a record of your valuables including a photo and short description
  • wherever possible, installing and using burglar alarms, CCTV and smart doorbells
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