Three homes broken into and a BMW 120 car stolen from Corinium Gate in Cirencester
POLICE in the Cotswolds are encouraging residents to remain vigilant when speaking to unfamiliar tradesmen working in the area after a car was stolen and three homes broken into in Cirencester.
The three incidents happened on Corinium Gate over three days between 12pm on Friday, August 16 and 9.15am on Sunday, August 18.
The first break in is thought to have taken place anytime between midday on Friday and early on Sunday morning.
After gaining entry to the house through side doors, the offender made off with a BMW 120 car.
In the second incident, which happened between 7pm and 10.30pm on Saturday, August 17, the offender entered the house through the front door but did not remove anything from the property.
The final break-in happened between 7pm on Saturday, August 17 and 9.15am on Sunday, August 18.
The offender gained entry to the house through a back door but did not take any items.
It is believed that leading up to the break-ins, tradesmen were operating in the area and had spoken to some residents in the street where the workmen were told that some houses were empty.
Inspector Erik Sherwood said: "We would like to remind the community about dealing with cold callers offering to carry out work. If it is not someone you know or trust who has made a pre-arranged appointment, do not open the door.
"If you know that your neighbours are away, check to make sure that their house is still secure and don't discuss anything with people that you don't know.
"We will of course, do all we can to locate the offenders and to investigate this matter fully as we continue to crack down on this type of crime"
Anyone with any information about these incidents is asked to call Gloucestershire Police on 101 quoting incident number 186 of August 18.