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Sheffield homes are targeted in coathanger burglaries

Chief Inspector Richard Lambert, of South Yorkshire Police

Chief Inspector Richard Lambert, of South Yorkshire Police

Beware of crooks with hooks, police are warning Sheffield residents.

South Yorkshire Police officers are urging people to be on their guard following a spate of ‘coathanger burglaries’ in Woodhouse, where offenders have taken keys from inside properties by using a pole to pull them through the letterbox.

Residents found two cane poles near their rear door after a computer, fishing tackle, footwear and clothing, worth £700, were stolen from a house in Balmoral Road on Saturday night.

On Sunday, culprits tried to steal keys from a Vicar Lane house by using a bamboo stick attached to a squash racquet.

And a haul of goods were stolen from a house in Station Road on Monday in a similar incident, while a BMW in Beighton Road was also targeted.

Police believe all the incidents are linked.

Chief Inspector Richard Lambert said: “We are urging residents not to leave keys visible through windows or doors or near letterboxes.”

 

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