Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after two burglaries in Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes.
Between 1.35pm and 11.40pm on Friday, it is believed the same offenders broke into the rear gardens of two separate homes – one on Engaine Drive and one on Lowndes Grove – and then forced entry through a rear entrance.
A black HTC Explorer mobile phone and a cream Guess purse were among the items stolen.
Det Con Samantha Reynolds said: “It is not uncommon for burglars to climb gates and fences to properties in order to gain access via the rear of a house, as in these cases.
“We would therefore ask members of the public to review the security not only of their homes but also their outside spaces and gardens.
“Crime reduction advice can be found on the Thames Valley Police website.”
If you have any information which could help with the investigation, contact Det Con Samantha Reynolds on 101.
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.