Antiques raid nets £32,000 haul

POLICE are today investigating an antiques raid on a home in Coddenham in which thieves got away with a £32,000 haul.

POLICE are today investigating an antiques raid on a home in Coddenham in which thieves got away with a £32,000 haul.

Intruders entered the home in Church Road between 11.30pm on July 21 and 7.30am the following day as the homeowner slept.

Items including cutlery, crockery, ornaments, figurines and silverware were taken in the raid and it is believed a get-away vehicle may have been used.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said: “The owner of the items has been left quite upset by the incident as some of these items hold sentimental value.


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“We would appeal for anyone with information, or anyone who witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in the area to get in touch.”

In previous weeks and months, there have been a number of other overnight burglaries in Chevington, Haverhill, Cowlinge and Great Barton.

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Police believe offenders are targeting extremely expensive, large properties in secluded, rural grounds. On occasions, they have used a ladder or some form of climbing equipment, to gain entry to the first floor of the property.

In each case they have stolen high value jewellery, and antiques.

It is not yet known whether the Coddenham burglary is linked to another high-value antiques theft which happened in Ipswich last month.

In that burglary, in Tuddenham Road, thieves entered via a window and took £10,500 of ornaments and paintings.

The 87-year-old occupant was left devastated by the raid in which several family heirlooms were taken.

Officers in Suffolk are working closely with antiques dealers across the region in a bid to find the items and offenders.

Anyone with information about the latest raid should call Dc Hannah Martin at Stowmarket CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Have you been a victim of one of the burglaries? Write to: Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail: eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

Weblink: www.suffolk.police.uk

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