Teen charged amid spate of village burglaries

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A number of villages surrounding Lincoln have been targeted by burglars in the last week.

Police reminded people to take extra precaution and to report signs of suspicious activity.

In a number of cases, intruders broke into the homes by unknown means.

Neighbourhood officers released a warning on February 8 to people in the Bracebridge Heath and Waddington areas in particular.

Area PCSOs said in a statement:

“Neighbourhood officers released a warning on February 8 to people in the Bracebridge Heath and Waddington areas.

“There is evidence to suggest that these may be linked to the same offender/s and we are working on this.

“Please may I ask all of our residents to ensure you don’t leave your keys (particularly car keys) or any valuables in sight.”

Burglaries reported in the last week include:

  • Station Road Waddington, near to the junction with Manor Lane – February 4, around 7pm: Unknown person used a paving slab to smash a kitchen door. They made off when the occupier was alerted to the noise  – Inc 387 of Feb 4
  • Vicarage Lane Harmston – February 4 between 8am and 12.45pm: Person gained entry to secured home by unknown means while occupier was not home. Many items were damaged. Jewellery and passports were stolen – Inc 196 of Feb 4
  • Stanley Crescent Bracebridge Heath – February 6 between 4.17pm and 7.05pm: Offender/s gained entry by unknown means. Coats and electrical were stolen as well as personal accessories – Inc 392 of Feb 6
  • Salisbury Drive, Bracebridge Heath – February 7 between 4.30pm and 7pm: A person smashed a conservatory door at the rear of the house and used a key inside to unlock the door. Police said it did not appear anything was stolen – Inc 348 of Feb 7
  • Lindrick Close, Heighington – between February 7 and 9: A person forced entry through a rear window. It did not appear that anything had been taken – Inc 312 of Feb 9

One person was arrested over the weekend following an attempted burglary in Bracebridge Heath. A male was seen looking through the window of a house on Red Hall Lane and attempted to open the door.

Teenager charged

Lincolnshire Police said, on the morning of Monday, February 11, a 16-year-old has been charged with eight offences relating to burglaries in Bracebridge Heath and Skellingthorpe.

Offences included:

  • Two counts of burglary dwelling and theft
  • Three counts of attempt burglary dwelling with intent to steal
  • Taking a motor vehicle without owners consent
  • Aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving
  • Receiving stolen goods

The 16-year-old has been remanded and will appear at Lincoln Magistrates’ today (11 February)