Police warning over ‘summer crimes’

POLICE have urged homeowners and drivers to be alert and not fall victim of ‘summer crimes’.

Burglars struck at four homes in Boston in a week – stealing electrical equipment, mobile phones and cash – and several motorists have suffered thefts from their cars at Witham Country Park.

Officers say they want residents to take extra care during the summer months – and not be tempted to leave windows open and unlocked when temperatures are high.

The first in the spate of burglaries took place at a home in Cromwell Close on Friday June 29, between 2.20-3pm.

Police said the offender climbed over a rear fence and distracted the female occupier by ringing the front doorbell before entering through an unlocked door.

They snatched a handbag before escaping back over the fence into the country park. The handbag, which was empty, was thrown back into the garden the following day.

The offender is described as a white male, approx 6ft 1in tall, wearing dark gloves with velcro fastening at the wrists, a blue top and dark hair or hat.

The second burglary took place in Sibsey Road the next day, between 3.30-4.30pm.

The offender got in through an unlocked door and stole a handbag and a mobile phone from the kitchen. The handbag was later found with purse and cards still inside, but cash and two mobile phones had been stolen.

Then on Monday July 2, between midnight and 4am, a home in Carlton Road was targeted with the burglar entering through an open first-floor window before taking an Advent notebook, cash and Xbox 360 games console.

The fourth offence saw someone get into a Brothertoft Road home between 7.10am and 7.20am on Thursday through an unlocked back door while the owner was upstairs.

They took a Blackberry Bold mobile phone and cash from a handbag in the kitchen.

Chief Insp Paul Timmins said: “There are people who will use any opportunity to get in and take someonething and the same goes for vehicles.”

Anyone with information about the crimes should contact Lincolnshire Police by dialling 101.