09 May 2017
Officers are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following a burglary and theft in North Dorset.
At 12.05pm on Monday 8 May 2017 it was reported that offenders had broken into a large detached barn in the Melbury Abbas area. The break in was discovered at around 11.30am but nothing was stolen.
The second incident was reported at 12.26pm on the same day. At approximately 12.15pm offenders opened the rear door of a van parked in the Foots Hill area of Shaftesbury and stole items of garden machinery. The stolen items include two Stihl hedge cutters and a Stihl leaf blower.
At 12.07pm also on Monday 8 May 2017 police received a report of three men acting suspiciously in the Foots Hill area of Shaftesbury. The first man is described as white, aged in his early 50s and of large build with black greying hair with grey stubble. The second man is described as white, aged in his late 20s, approximately six feet tall and of athletic build. He was wearing a blue hooded top with the hood up, blue jeans and trainers. The third man is described as white, aged in his late 20s, approximately six feet tall and of athletic build with short dark hair. He was wearing a black sweatshirt, blue jeans and trainers.
No arrests have been made.
North Dorset Neighbourhood Inspector Danny Thompson, said: “We do not yet know whether any of these incidents are linked.
"I am appealing to anyone who has any information about the three incidents to please get in touch.
“I am also keen to hear from anyone who has seen the items described for sale in unusual circumstances.
“Please remain vigilant and implement some simple crime prevention measures to ensure your property stays safe. If you see someone acting suspiciously, please contact police immediately.”
Members of the public should consider the following advice to protect their property:
• Secure access to your outbuilding by locking gates and using thorny bushes next to walls and fences.
• Make a note of serial numbers of equipment and photograph valuable plants and ornaments.
• Use external security lights which are activated by movement.
• Use strong padbars and close shackle padlocks to secure doors and locks or grilles to secure windows.
• Chain cycles, mowers, ladders and tools to a strong anchorage point.
For further crime prevention advice, please visit https://www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/rural-crime/
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55170066969. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
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