Witness appeal after alleged burglaries near Shaftesbury

04 August 2016
Officers are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following three alleged burglaries near Shaftesbury.

It is reported that the first incident happened sometime between Sunday 24 July and Sunday 31 July 2016 when the offenders forced a window to gain access to an address in White Pit Lane in the Melbury Abbas area. Nothing was stolen.

The second burglary was alleged to have taken place sometime between Friday 29 July and Sunday 31 July 2016 at another address in White Pit Lane when the offenders again forced a window to gain entry to the property.

A small amount of jewellery was stolen.

Damage was caused to two small sheds located in the garden of the property but no entry was made to either of these buildings.

On Wednesday 27 July 2016, police received reports of an attempted break-in to a property in Barnfield at 10.15am. The intruders fled the scene towards Cann Common.

Police Constable James Prowse, of Blandford police, said: “We are keeping an open mind as to whether these incidents are linked.

"I am appealing to anyone who may have information to in relation to these incidents to please contact me.

“I am also keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the Cann Common area at the time of the offence on Wednesday 27 July.

“I would ask that the public remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police.”

A 45-year-old man from Birmingham and a 52-year-old man from Bournemouth have been arrested on suspicion of burglary offences in connection with the White Pit Lane incidents and are on police bail until the beginning of November 2016.

No arrests have been made in connection with the Barnfield incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55160112794. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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