Please find below details relating to the Community Impactive Crimes that have occurred between 30th December 2019 – 5th January 2020 in the Trowbridge area.
54190128496 - Police were called to a block of flats in St Thomas Passage shortly after 0530 hours on 31/12/19. Nobody was injured, but extensive damage was caused to the properties. Dylan Rose, 32, of St Thomas Passage, Trowbridge, was arrested and has been charged with arson with intent/reckless as to whether life was endangered. Rose was remanded in custody and appeared at Swindon Magistrates Court on January 1. No plea was entered and he was remanded by the court to appear again at a later date. A trial date has been listed for 31/01/20 at Swindon Crown Court.
54200000110 – between 31/12/19 and 01/01/20, a breeze block has been thrown through the window of a garage located at the bottom of a garden on Frome Road, Trowbridge. The garage has then been entered, believed via the window, the garage door has then been opened from within and the following items have been stolen: clothes; 2 mountain bikes, garden tools.
54200000694 – between 31/12/19 and 03/01/20, male has attended his garage on Francis Street, Trowbridge and has found the door has been almost caved in and items have been taken from within. These consist of a Wacker Plate, an Auger and a Carrera mountain bike.
54200000638 – between 01/01/20 and 03/01/20, an unknown weapon has been used to cut the padlock off of a garage door on St Margarets Close, Trowbridge to gain entry. An electric ‘Treck Powerfly’ jet black bike has been stolen.
54200001040 – overnight on the 03/01/20, suspect(s) have entered an unlocked outhouse on Studley Rise, Trowbridge and stolen a red tin tool box. The tool box contained general household tools.
54200000227 – overnight on the 01/01/20, a garden on Park Close, North Bradley has been entered by breaking the lock on the gate. Locks have then also been broken on the shed and workshop and Makita rechargeable and mains powered hand tools have been stolen.
54200000924 – overnight on 03/01/20, entry has been gained into a shed on Arnold Noad Corner, Southwick by forcing the lock. Suspect has then proceeded to steal a series of tools.
54200000940, 54200000985 & 54200000991 – also on Arnold Noad Corner, Southwick, overnight on 03/01/20, the fence has been broken to a back garden to gain access to the garden where a tin shed was situated. The metal sliding doors have then been pulled off the shed. Both the shed and fence have been damaged beyond repair, nothing was stolen. Two other properties’ sheds were entered by using an unknown tool to force the padlock. A messy search was conducted but nothing was stolen from within.
54200001243 – between 27/12/19 and 02/01/20, entry has been gained into an integral garage on Hollis Way, Southwick by forcing the bottom of the roller door slightly, no damage caused. The suspect has reached in and stolen a scooter which was just inside the door, managing to pull it out underneath the door. This was a S1 M Scooter in red.
Garden security is very important as the garden is an access point into your home.
Secure your garden with lockable gates and walls or substantial fencing. Thorny plants around the perimeter and trellis on top of fences make it harder for an intruder to access your garden.
Keep your ladder and garden tools locked away, as they can be used by burglars to access your home. Keep tools inside if you do not have a garden shed.
Remember to lock garage and shed windows and doors. Use electronic shed alarms or padlock alarms to deter thieves.
Make sure any valuable items stored in sheds are well-secured, to a ground / wall anchor where possible.
Store bins securely to prevent them from being used to access upstairs windows or flat roofs.
Outside security lighting can act as a deterrent for burglars.
Walking on gravel is noisy and this can help to deter intruders.
54200001167 – at 0012 hours on 05/01/20, Emmanuel BOAKYE, aged 27 years from Eastleigh Road, Devizes, was stopped driving a vehicle on Castle Street, Trowbridge and failed a road side breath test. He has been charged with driving a motor vehicle when over the prescribed alcohol limit and is due to appear at Salisbury Magistrates Court on 31/01/20.
54200000186 – during the evening on 01/01/20, the rear window to a van parked in the car park of Southwick Sports and Social Club, Frome Road, has been smashed, leaving a large hole and glass inside the rear of the vehicle. A Hilti Screw Gun, Makita Impact drill, Board Lifter and a radio have been stolen from within.
54200000820 – at around 1845 hours on 03/01/20, an unlocked van has been entered while it was parked and left briefly unoccupied on a driveway on Church Street, Southwick. 2x MAKATA 18 volt cordless drills, 1x BOSCH multi tool set, 1x BOSCH 36 volt cordless drill and 1x MAKATA radio were stolen.
54200000935 – at around 1230 hours on 03/01/20, a handbag was left in the foot well of the passenger seat of a car which was parked in the car park at St Michael and All Angels Church, The Knap, Trowbridge. A male suspect removed the handbag and made off. When the male was chased the handbag was dropped and returned to the victim.
Theft from Vehicles
Try to park somewhere open and well-lit.
Lock up – including the boot.
Remember to close the windows and sunroof.
Don’t leave anything on show in your car when you park – not even a coat or empty carrier bag.
If you have a removable sat nav, remove it and take it with you if possible. Remove the mounting, polish any marks off the windscreen and hide the cable and mounting.
Store car ownership information at home, not in your car.
Number plates are often stolen for criminal use. Use plates secured with anti-theft screws, available from car accessory stores.
Try not to store things in the boot.
Can I please remind you all that crimes need to be reported via 101, we are unable to take reports via email.
PC 2281 Sarah Fawcett - Temporary Trowbridge Community Coordinator
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Sarah Fawcett (Police, T/Community Co-ordinator, West Wiltshire CPT)