Police have stepped up patrols across Milton Keynes after SEVEN burglaries were recorded in just ONE DAY last week.
Including burglaries which police think may have taken place on Wednesday, January 15, the number could in fact total nine.
Thames Valley Police has confirmed there has been a recently spike in burglaries and has stepped up patrols as part of operation ‘Darknight’ which began in October with the aim of reducing burglaries over the winter months.
One of the most sickening of the burglaries last Wednesday involved a 90-year-old woman who was distracted at the front door of her Bletchley home while a gang of thieves left with carrier bags full of her jewellery at around 2pm.
A couple of hours earlier, thieves drove away in a Land Rover Defender after stealing the car keys from inside the owner’s home in New Bradwell between 11am and 12 noon.
A large amount of cash, jewellery and electrical items were stolen over the course of the day, in several areas of the city, including Stantonbury, Broughton, Woolstone and Emerson Valley – where two Asian men fled from a house after being confronted by the occupant at about 6.30pm.
The recent spate of burglaries has prompted operation Darknight to be re-adopted and police officers are now focusing on new areas in a bid to prevent further burglaries from taking place.
If the offenders are caught, police can move swiftly to seal convictions, as in the case of Ernestas Inta, 30, who was sentenced to 26 weeks in jail after pleading guilty to a burglary in Ramsons Avenue, Conniburrow, last Tuesday, January 14.