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Masked men target Sutton-in-Craven home in latest '2 in 1' burglary

Masked men target Sutton-in-Craven home in latest '2 in 1' burglary

Published by Lisa Darvill at 4:41pm 12th February 2019. (Updated at 4:52pm 12th February 2019)

North Yorkshire Police is warning owners of high-performance cars to be vigilant against ‘2-in-1’ burglaries, following a spate of break-ins. 

  • The most recent incident happened at around 1am this morning at a property in Sutton-in-Craven
  • Three masked men threatened the homeowner and demanded the keys to his Volkswagen 4x4
  • Police say burglars are targeting properties with high-performance cars like BMWs, Audis and Mercedes
  • They're breaking in, with the sole intention of stealing the car keys and taking the car 

North Yorkshire Police say in the latest incident in Sutton-in-Craven, the homeowner was able to call the police and the men made off empty handed.

Officers say the homeowner and his family were left shaken by the incident.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area, either at the time of the burglary or the hours leading up to it, to contact the Force Control Room on 101 and pass the information quoting reference 12190026155.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Ellis said:

“If you own a high performance car, please ensure that you take all steps necessary to keep your vehicle locked and secure when at home.

“Burglars will look for easy targets and will check firstly for insecure properties and vehicles, so it’s advisable before you go to bed each evening to check that your car is safe, the keys are secure and all your doors and windows are closed and secure.

“The more difficult you can make if for potential burglars, the less likely they are to strike, so these are steps well worth taking. Don’t leave any keys in view, ensure any gates are locked and if possible, use another vehicle as a barrier to deter criminals.

“I’d also ask residents to remain vigilant for any suspicious activity. If you see anything which seems out of the ordinary, please report it to police on 101.”

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