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Police appeal for witnesses to burglary.


6:52am 7th February 2011

North Yorkshire Police are making a public appeal for information as enquiries continue into a high-value burglary at Helperby, a village about five miles west of Easingwold.

The incident occurred between 1.30am and 2.30am on Saturday 29 January 2011 at the rear of a property on Main Street.

The offenders removed padlocks to gain entry to the converted stable block before making off with around £3,500 worth of property.

Items stolen included three petrol lawn mowers; a black Briggs and Stratton, a green Suffolk Punch and a green Atco cylinder.

Three bicycles were also taken; a black Specialized mountain bike, a red/maroon-coloured ladies’ Raleigh with a grey basket on the front (serial number ucc90125) and a white BMX trick bike with “247” printed on the frame.

A black leather horse saddle was also stolen in the raid.

PC Steve Robinson, who is leading the investigation, said:

“It is clear that the offenders were well prepared as they were able to gain access to a secure outbuilding and remove the property while the owners were asleep in the house.

“Due to the sheer bulk of the items that were stolen, the offenders will have had to use a large vehicle such as a transit-type van or flat-bed truck.

“To help our enquiries, I am appealing to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity or vehicles in the Helperby area at around the time of burglary on Saturday 29 January, and even in the days prior to the incident.

“It is also vital to report anyone who has tried to sell or off-load petrol lawn mowers, bicycles or a horse saddle matching the descriptions.”

Anyone who can assist the investigation is urged to contact PC 1836 Steve Robinson at Northallerton Police on 0845 60 60 24 7, quoting the reference number 12110016259.

Information can also be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

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