Bradley Stoke home targeted in series of gold burglaries on same day

CCTV image of two men whom police are keen to trace.

Police are appealing for information after items of gold jewellery were stolen during break-ins at homes in Bradley Stoke, Filton and Shirehampton on Monday 2nd October.

A fourth break-in, also on Monday, at a property in Westbury-on-Trym, is also being investigated.

The first happened in the Three Brooks Lane area of Bradley Stoke between 8.45am and 12.45pm. The thieves scaled a six-foot garden fence to break in and steal gold jewellery, including a diamond bangle (pictured below), as well as cash in Indian rupees and a small gold-plated statue of Ganesha.

Between 12.55pm and 1.45pm, thieves forced the rear doors of a house in Southmead Road, Filton and stole two gold bangles and a laptop. It’s thought the burglars were disturbed by the alarm sounding. The householder remembers seeing an unfamiliar white car parked in the road as they left the property.

A house in Home Ground, Westbury-on-Trym was broken into between 1.40pm and 2.50pm. The burglars damaged the front and back doors and gained entry by forcing a window. It’s not yet clear what was stolen. Again an unfamiliar white car was seen in the area at the time.

Finally, a house in St Marys Road, Shirehampton was burgled between 3pm and 3.40pm. The thieves smashed the rear patio door and stole gold jewellery.

Officers have carried out house-to-house enquiries in each of the areas affected. Forensic investigations have taken place at each property and the Bobby Van, a specially trained police carpenter, will visit to offer home security advice.

Police say they’re keen to trace two men who were seen getting into a white car in Westbury-on-Trym at around 2.30pm. One wore a white hoodie and dark-coloured trousers, while the second wore a dark-coloured hoodie and baseball cap (pictured above).

Anyone with any information which could help is asked to get in touch online, or by calling 101, quoting the relevant reference number:

  • Bradley Stoke incident – 5217224772
  • Filton incident – 5217224860
  • Westbury on Trym incident – 5217224941
  • Shirehampton incident – 5217224976

Alternatively, ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call. You could even qualify for a reward and still remain anonymous.

Following a number of incidents in which entire safes have been stolen, police advise keeping high-value jewellery with a secure storage company and cash in the bank, rather than at home.

A police spokesperson said:

“Remember, if you see someone acting suspiciously around a neighbour’s property, call the police straight away. If they’re obviously breaking in, ring 999; otherwise, call the non-emergency number 101. Our operators are on hand 24/7.”

Police advice: Burglary

Photo of a gold and diamond bangle stolen in the Bradley Stoke burglary.

Photos: 1 CCTV image recorded in Westbury-on-Trym of two men whom police are keen to trace. 2 Gold and diamond bangle stolen in the Bradley Stoke burglary.

Source: Press release from Avon and Somerset Police

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