Man arrested following shed break-ins in Devizes

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Officers in Devizes have arrested a 20-year-old man following a spate of shed break-ins. 

Over the past month, a number of sheds and garages in the Rotherstone, Victoria Road and Waiblingen Way areas have been broken into. 

Officers have been conducting enquiries and yesterday morning they arrested a 20-year-old local man on suspicion of burglary. 

He was taken to Melksham custody for questioning and has since been released on bail pending further enquiries.

A/Insp Pete Foster said: “We have seen a spike in reports of this nature over the past few weeks, with a number of items stolen including power tools. 

“Yesterday we arrested a man as part of our investigation and he has since been released on bail to allow us time to conduct further enquiries. 

“We urgently need any residents who believe they have been targeted to contact us so we can complete our enquiries and understand the scale of the thefts that have been committed across the town.” 

Call 101 immediately.

Meanwhile, there are some basic precautions you can take to keep your sheds, garages and outbuildings secure:

» Clearly mark all your garden and power tools with your postcode
» Register all serial numbers at the website
» Make sure all doors are fitted with good quality locks or Solid Secure padlocks and kept locked
» Secure hasps with coach bolts or anti-tamper screws
» Photograph valuable and unusual garden ornaments and keep these in a secure place

If you have any information about offenders or see something suspicious, call us on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency dial 999.
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