Police link Swindon and Melksham burglaries as homeowner is attacked with iron rod


WILTSHIRE Police is appealing for information following two burglaries which occurred on Saturday 27 August 2016 in Swindon and Melksham.

Shortly before 8.30pm a family returned to their home on Beatrice Street, Swindon to find two men upstairs. The homeowner, a 44-year-old man, was hit on the head with an item, possibly an iron rod, and the men ran out of the property and drove off.

The victim sustained a cut to his head which required hospital treatment.

It appears the men were disturbed in the middle of the burglary as a pillowcase with a number of items of jewellery, watches and cash were found discarded in the house.

The two men were described as white and in their mid to late 20s.

The second burglary happened in Melksham at around 9.50pm when the elderly occupants of a house in the Bowerhill area were woken when two men broke into their home.

The men threatened the couple, who are in their eighties, and searched the house stealing a large amount of jewellery including a gold crucifix necklace which one of the men grabbed from the woman’s neck.

Other items stolen include gold stud earrings, gold bangles, silver watches, a gold retirement presentation fob watch engraved with ’21 years service as an Air Traffic Controller/Instructor’, and a gold ring with sapphires and diamonds.

Both men were described as white, one was aged around 25 years and the other slightly younger.

The men are believed to have left the area in a blue Audi A3 with false registration plates ‘KR57 YZR’.

DC Rich Jones, from Melksham CID, said police were working on the theory that the two incidents could be linked.

He said: “These crimes both involved people breaking into homes and threatening the occupants, in one case a vulnerable, elderly couple.

“These types of incidents are rare so we believe there is a possibility they could be linked.

“We have been offering support to the victims and their families and carrying out a number of enquiries, including going door-to-door to speak to neighbours and potential witnesses.

“I would urge anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to come forward and speak to us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101. Alternatively information can be left anonymously by speaking to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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