Leeds burglars strike at five homes in one day

A spate of burglaries in a normally quiet residential area of Leeds in one day is being probed by police.

The raids in Yeadon have sparked increased patrols by officers.

The five break-ins occurred on Monday between 7am in the morning and

9pm at night.

In some cases the intruders escaped with valuables including a laptop and computer keyboard, but in three instances they left without stealing anything.

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Two of the burglaries occurred in Maple Terrace, two in Rufford Avenue and one in St John's Drive.

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In most cases the raids involved forcing or breaking windows or patio doors to gain entry.

In one break-in between 7am and 3.30pm in Rufford Avenue it is believed the burglar climbed a drain pipe to reach a rear middle floor balcony where a window was smashed to gain access to the interior of the property. A Toshiba computer keyboard was stolen.

Another home a few doors away was burgled between 8.45am and 1.30pm by smashing the glass in a rear patio cellar door. Nothing was stolen in that offence.

Between 7.45am and 7pm a house in Maple Terrace, Yeadon, was also entered by a burglar who smashed glass in a rear patio door and a laptop computer was stolen. Another home again just a few doors away in the same street was attacked between 9am and 6pm when a PVCu double

glazed window was jemmied open but nothing was stolen.

That night between 6.45pm and 9.05pm again a glass rear patio door of a house in St John's Drive was smashed by a burglar to gain access, but nothing was taken.

Insp Richard Coldwell, who heads the North West Outer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:"It is unusual for us to get a sudden increase of burglaries like this in one area and the method used to break in would tend to indicate the same person is doing them.

"The properties targeted are in relatively quiet residential streets and so anyone acting suspiciously in the area is likely to have stood out. I would like to hear from anyone who has seen someone acting suspiciously or appearing to call at properties in these streets during the day or into the early evening."

"Given that we've not seen a spate of burglaries like this in this are for quite some time, it may be that the offender has only recently moved into the area.My officers are mounting increased patrols in the area to deter the thieves and reassure residents while a specialist team of detectives is analysing recent crime trends and looking at known local criminals as part of our effort to catch those responsible."

Anyone who has seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area or who has any information that could assist officers is asked to call the North West Outer NPT at Otley police station on 01274 471458.

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