A SUSPECT was arrested after three Sheffield homes were targeted by an armed intruder who broke into two properties and was caught trying to burgle another two in just a five minute period.
South Yorkshire Police said officers were called to Parson Cross after a house was broken into on Colley Road, just a few minutes after an intruder was disturbed in a nearby house.
On nearby Holgate Road two other residents caught an intruder trying to break into their homes.
One of them chased the culprit, who produced a weapon and threatened them before fleeing.
Inspector Simon Leake, of the Burngreave, Firth Park, Southey, Shiregreen and Brightside Police Teams, praised residents for their vigilance in raising the alarm late on Monday night.
He said: “The first incident related to a householder who had disturbed a person trying the door handle to his house on Holgate Road.
“The offender was chased from the property but the offender produced a weapon and made threats.
“A further call was received from a different address on Holgate Road where an occupant disturbed a person trying to enter their house. Again the offender fled the scene.
“A short time later a further call was received by an occupant of a nearby address who had disturbed an intruder in their house.
“Later an intruder entered a house on Colley Road and taken items from that house.
“As a result of police attendance in response to the calls made by residents we were able to make an arrest in connection with these matters on the night.
“Incidents such as these are rare and South Yorkshire Police will ensure reports of such incidents are fully investigated.
Insp Leake added: “I always encourage our communities to be vigilant and report activities like this.
“It is clear that in this case the local community in Holgate and Colley Road areas have helped us tremendously with our investigation and I would thank those involved for their assistance.”
n Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident 1,213 of August 27. Crimestoppers can also be contacted on 0800 555111.