Public urged to be vigilant following distraction burglaries

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Officers are urging people to be vigilant following a number of distraction burglaries in the Derby and South Derbyshire areas, which they believe may be linked.

On Monday, January 21 at around 1.30pm a group of people entered a shop, in Chaddesden Lane, Chaddesden. Some of them distracted the shop keeper whilst a woman made her way through a stock room to the flat upstairs.  A substantial quantity of gold jewellery and a large amount of cash were stolen, as well as an iPad. Officers have released a number of images of people they would like to speak to in connection with this incident.
The next day (Tuesday, January 22) a similar incident was reported at a convenience store in Nottingham Road, Borrowash at 12.10pm and, a further one on Wednesday, January 23 at a shop in Oversetts Road, Newhall at around 12.10pm. It is not yet known what was stolen.
Officers are also linking these burglaries to three further incidents: one in West Mercia on December 28, one in Willington on December 7, and one in Derby on October 25.

Detective Sergeant Steph Thandi, who is leading the investigation said: “We want to raise awareness amongst the public and, in particular, shopkeepers about these incidents.

“In each incident a group of men and women have entered the shop and created a distraction, before a member of their group goes on to enter a stock room or flat.

“In each case, convenience stores/post officers have been targeted and the shopkeeper has been distracted by members of the group.
“The group are believed to be travelling around in a car similar to either a silver Ford Galaxy or Vauxhall Zafira.

“I’d urge all shop owners to ensure that interior doors are secure and that there is no access to private living areas.
“If you do fall victim to a burglary, please ensure you report it to us as matter of priority as this will aid our investigation into the incident.”

If you have any information which may assist with our enquiries into these incidents, or recognise those pictured, please contact us using one of the following methods.

Please quote incident number in any correspondence.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999.

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Carole Woodall (Police, Communications Administrator, Derbyshire)

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