We are warning residents in Bourne and the surrounding areas to check their outbuilding security following 19 break-ins in just over three weeks.
All but one of the offences have all taken place in the hours of darkness, with the majority occurring during weekends, in Bourne town centre and the villages of Cawthorpe, Dyke and Morton.
In most cases, the sheds or outbuildings targeted were forced open in a similar way, and some were accessed after being left insecure. Items stolen range from bikes and power tools, motorbike clothing, to food from a freezer, memorabilia and a Quad bike. In some cases, nothing was stolen but the property was left damaged.
We are working hard to find those responsible and have a dedicated Detective Constable from our CID team investigating these burglaries. Officers have conducted house-to-house enquiries, viewed CCTV footage, and are carrying out extra patrols in the areas we know to be targeted during the times we have seen spikes in crime. There are also a number of other investigative avenues we are following which we can’t share for operational reasons.
We are now calling on our community to help us find those responsible.
Inspector Mark Hillson said: “These burglaries have a significant impact on the people who are targeted. This is the theft of things that their hard-earned money has bought. The people breaking in to these outbuildings and stealing someone else’s personal possessions has absolutely no regard for the impact it has on the victim.
"We are keeping an open mind about all of the incidents, but we are considering the possibility that they are linked, and that the people responsible are local to the area. This is very unusual for the Bourne area and we know that someone in our community will know the people responsible for this.
"We would urge them to do the right thing and come forwards. We would also urge anyone with a shed or outbuilding to check they have taken as many steps as they can to secure their property, and we have a number of tips available here.”
We are particularly keen to see any CCTV footage, doorbell footage or dashcam which might have captured any of the incidents and those responsible. We would ask anyone in the below areas who has a camera to check the footage recorded and submit it to us if it may help our investigations.
These are the times and locations of incidents:
Ancaster Road, Bourne, between 5pm on 9 December and 10.30am on 10 December
Casthorpe Road, Bourne, between 5pm on 9 December and 8am on 10 December
Ancaster Road, between 9pm on 9 December and 8am on 10 December
Wagoners Way, Boure, between 9.45pm on 9 December and 9am on 10 December
Wood View, Bourne, hours of darkness overnight between 9 December and 10 December
High Street, Bourne, hours of darkness overnight between 9 December and 10 December
Victoria Place, Bourne, between 9pm on 6 December and 9am on 7 December
Main Road, Dyke, between 8am on 6 December and 1.50pm on 8 December
Coggles Causeway, Bourne, between 9pm on 6 December and 8.15am on 7 December
Main Road, Bourne, between 10pm on 6 December and 8am on 7 December
North Road and Broadway Close, Bourne, between 11pm on 3 December and 2am on4 December – four separate properties targeted during this time
Mill Drove, Bourne, between 11.23pm on 28 November and 11am on 2 December
Harrington Street, Bourne, between 2.30am and 4.30am on 20 November
Ancaster Road, between 9.30pm on 19 November and 7.30am on 20 November
Queen’s Road, Bourne, hours of darkness overnight between 29 November and30 November
Mill Drive, Bourne, between 11.23pm on 28 November and 11am on 2 December